Ireland to Hold Public Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland plans to hold a public referendum on same-sex marriage before the summer of 2015, the Irish Times reports:

IrelandAt their meeting today, Ministers accepted the recommendation of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter that they should follow the advice of the Constitutional Referendum and put the issue of same-sex marriage to the people.

It is now expected that same sex marriage and a number of other proposed constitutional changes including a reduction in the voting age to 17 will be put to the electorate in May 2015.

This morning, Tanáiste Eamon Gilmore said it was important that the Government “win” any referendum on same-sex marriage.

“It is important that we win this referendum. It is an important issue and we know from referenda on social issues before that it is important to do some preparation before the referendum is held,” he said on his way into the Cabinet meeting this morning.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said he also supported the principle of gay marriage and had no objection to it. “If we’ve learned anything we’ve learned that different lifestyles should not only be accepted but celebrated,” he told reporters today.

Ireland legalized same-sex civil partnerships in July 2010.


  1. MaryM says

    This is disgraceful.

    The civil rights of a law-abiding, tax-paying minority should NEVER be left to a public vote.

    In Ireland there is no specific constitutional ban on same sex marriage, but the courts have alweays interpreted marriage to being between opposite sex couples.

    This referendum will leave our rights to mob rule – like with Prop 8 in California.

    The campaign of slander and incitement to hatred (which will be funded in part by NOM etc) makes the outcome of this vote uncertain.

    And if it fails then there is no plan B.

    And even if it wins this will set back marriage equality in other EU countries who will point to Ireland to say that the mob should decide on equality matters.

    This is horrifying news.

  2. C-burg says

    It’ll pass without a hitch, Ireland is quite progressive when it comes to gays. The civil partnership bill passed and was barely commented on in the media. There have been a lot of referenda recently and they’d rather not muddy the waters with too much debate at once, hence the 2015 vote. I’m genuinely not concerned about this really as the majority of voters and ALL of the political parties support gay marriage, we’ll be grand sure :-)

    Abortion on the other hand….

  3. MaryM says

    The CP bill was done through legislation.

    This will be subject to a vote.

    And NOM etc are going to launch a vile campaign of hatred against the community before the vote.

  4. Onnyjay says

    Look out, Ireland — planeloads of US Tealiban will be headed your way waving lots of dollars in your face, yelling and screaming about satanic demented socialist gay agendas.

  5. Randal Oulton says

    >> Ireland plans to hold a public referendum

    Um, “public” as opposed to what, a “private” referendum? “Secret” referendum? How many other kinds of referenda are there?

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