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Irish Constitutional Convention Votes to Recommend Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland's Constitutional Convention wants marriage equality, RTE reports:

IrelandThe vote was 79 in favour and 18 against, with the rest expressing no opinion. The decision was taken by 29 members of the Oireachtas, three members of the Stormont Assembly and 65 citizens selected by a polling company to represent a cross-section of the Republic's electorate broken down by age, gender and region.

The Government has promised to decide on whether to accept the recommendation after an Oireachtas debate on the Convention's reports later this year.

The outcome represents a major boost for the campaign for equality for gay and lesbian couples and children in their households with the rest of the families in the State.

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  1. A referendum?

    On equal civil rights.

    That's an utterly appalling idea.

    I thought only the US allowed minority human rights to be dependent on popular will.

    If there is a referendum on marriage equality it sets a horrific precedent to those more bigoted countries like Poland who will use the referendum idea to deny equality.

    A referendum on this issue will be a huge stain on Ireland's commitmemt to human rights and equality.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 15, 2013 11:08:25 AM

  2. The thing is any change to the Irish constitution requires a referendum, so their hands are tied.

    Posted by: namesrhard | Apr 15, 2013 11:33:21 AM

  3. irish law requires a referendum to change/amend the constitution. At the moment the courts have interpreted that the family which is given a special place in the Irish constitution is defined as a man and woman. So at present any equal marriage act by parliament would be deemed unconstitutional. The Constitution needs to be changed to allow equal marriage and to change the constitution a vote needs to occour.

    Posted by: david from Dublin | Apr 15, 2013 11:47:10 AM

  4. The good thing this referendum has going for it is that nearly 3 in 4 Irish people polled have supported marriage equality.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 15, 2013 11:53:20 AM

  5. yes a referendum is necessary; now the hard work begins.
    I agree that our rights should not depend on the whim of a majority but that is the situation we have to deal with at the least we have made the progress necessary to have the Constitutional Convention recommend a Referendum on Same Sex Marriage......a Civil Union , which we have, is not enough.....absolute equality, nothing less.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 15, 2013 11:53:35 AM

  6. BUT I don't like that sentence ; "the government has promised to decide........"

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 15, 2013 11:55:18 AM

  7. A huge stain . . . unless, of course, the outcome of the vote is to approve marriage equality . . . then it's an affirmation of the reasonable and open-minded Irish people.

    While it may be appalling to put basic human rights to a vote, it is more appalling to put it in the hands of one person, like a monarch, a dictator, a president, or a prime minister.

    Posted by: james | Apr 15, 2013 12:06:07 PM

  8. The referendum is not on gay rights per se, it's on amending the Constitution.

    Posted by: Charles | Apr 15, 2013 1:42:00 PM

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