Ireland To Hold Referendum On Same Sex Marriage In 2015


Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny yesterday announced that a referendum on same-sex marriage will take place within the first four months of 2015, according to The Journal.

The announcement comes just days after the Irish government vowed to enact an employment law amendment which will prevent schools from discriminating against teachers based on family status or sexual orientation.

A February 2014 Red C poll found that 76% will vote in favor, 19% will oppose the referendum and 5% remain undecided.

Responding to a question from Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Kenny said:

“There are a number of other legal issues that need to be dealt with, including elements of adoption which are necessary. We’d like to have that cleared before we put the marriage equality referendum. It will be in the spring of next year and the government will decide a date in due course.”

Kenny also said that he intends to canvas in favor of the referendum.

Welcoming the government’s commitment to the referendum, Sinn Féin’s justice and equality spokesman Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said:

“There’s no room for complacency. We all know in referendums that the pendulum can swing back and forth, so there’s a lot of work to be done, and we need certainty around a date.”

Speaking to The Journal, Gay & Lesbian Equality Network chairperson Kieran Rose said that "the referendum will be the final step in the remarkable 20 year journey from gay law reform to full Constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people in Ireland."

The coalition government last year announced plans to hold the referendum.


  1. Bones says

    Let the mob decide!

    That’s what you do with a minority’s humanity… You let the majority who hates gays vote on whether or not to ALLOW gays to do this or that.

    Shall we let the gays get married? Shall we let the gays adopt? Shall we allow the gays to have jobs, homes, get an education, etc? I don’t know… Let’s put it up for popular vote.

    The majority of the mob has decided; no rights for gays! That’s “fair”. That’s “democracy”…

  2. JackFknTwist says

    @ BONES :
    You are off base.

    The current 1937 Constitution of Ireland already is drafted in such a way as to prohibit gays from marrying or adopting…through it definition of family as interpreted by the Irish Supreme Court.

    This referendum is seeking to reverse that enactment.
    So the prohibition of the majority is already against us…..

    I agree with what you say…..about the beneficient majority allowing us tolerance. You are absolutely right.

    But in this instance the framework of the majority passed in the Constitution of 1937 needs to be reversed.
    Can you think of another way of doing it ?

    But let’s agree; f**k the majority’s good will or ill will towards; the fight for equality is exactly what it says on the tin.

  3. JackFknTwist says

    Amend :
    “f**k the majority’s good will or ill will towards out rights….”

    Our rights are our rights.
    Let’s keep it simple.

  4. Bones says

    Dear JackFknTwist,

    Thank you for your thoughtful reply.

    Can this enactment be reversed through executive order of some kind? Through authorities with the necessary power to just do the right thing? Or maybe through litigation?

    I just don’t like the idea of the gay community waiting with cupped hands, anxiously wondering whether their str8-majority-‘masters’ will ALLOW/give them their full humanity or not.

  5. JackFknTwist says

    @ BONES :

    I respectfully and absolutely agree.

    The very idea of the majority voting on my fundamental rights makes me go nuclear.

    To answer your question directly : no, there are no executive orders …….that smacks too much of the ‘Royal Prerogative’ to us !!!
    Litigation has already defined the family as hetro.
    So Ireland must have this referendum to copperfasten our rights.

    And don’t worry; we shall not have cupped hands; we shall not be grateful.
    We will demand equality…..nothing, nothing less.
    Then we will want to know who the bigots are/were who sought to work against us and treat us as lesser mortals.
    This fight is just starting.

  6. MaryM says

    So what happens if the referendum fails.

    It’s a possibility. And to pretend otherwise is being naive.

    Is there a plan B or will gay Irish people be permanently unequal if the referendum fails?

  7. phil says

    @bones: look at it the other way around. Once it’s in the constition it’s very hard to get rid of; very hard to change back. It won’t be subject to the whims of a political party.

    Fundamental rights belong in constitions. IAnd they have to get there by democratic means.

  8. JackFknTwist says

    @ MARYM :

    In the immortal words of Queen Victoria:
    “We are not interested in the possibilities of failure.”

    So I’m naive.

    Let’s jump off that bridge when we come to it.
    Plan B is often used as a ploy to sap out resilience.

  9. Michael Cryan says

    They would have had gay marriage in northern Ireland if pro-British Protestant bigots in the power-sharing assembly hadn’t voted against it. The Sinn Fein/IRA party (representing Catholics in the Six Counties) have been terrific, enthusiastic supporters of gay rights across the whole of Ireland.

  10. JackFknTwist says

    I guess they only want to be pro-British when welfare and sectarian issues are involved.
    They don’t follow Britishness when they might have to be open minded and liberal and tolerant.

    The bigots of the Six Counties are the equivalent of the Evangelicals in the Mid West.

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