A motion supporting same-sex marriage was passed on June 14th in South County Dublin, Ireland.
The vote comes following last month's announcement by the Irish government that under an employment law amendment to be passed shortly, schools will no longer be allowed to fire teachers based on family status or sexual orientation.
Openly gay mayor of South County Dublin Councillor Fintan Warfield received support for his motion to extend marriage rights to include gay and lesbian couples in next year's referendum on marriage equality, reports Pink News.
The motion was passed by 34 votes to 1.
After the vote, Warfield said:
“The LGBT community is still marginalised in the Ireland of today and we must work towards changing that. Support for marriage equality and for the passing of the referendum next spring is pivotal. This referendum is about...the LGBT community being afforded the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts. This referendum is about love. It is about two people sharing in the ups and downs of life."
Civil partnerships were introduced in Ireland in 2011.
Watch Fintan Warfield speak in favor of same-sex marriage at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis last year, AFTER THE JUMP...