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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.


93-Year-Old Gay Irishman Marries 57-Year-Old Partner of 37 Years

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Cork, Ireland-born artist Patrick Scott married his companion of 37 years, 57-year-old Eric Pearce this week, the Irish Examiner reports:

A long-running love story culminated yesterday in the marriage of Cork-born artist Patrick Scott, at the ripe old age of 93, to 57-year-old Eric Pearce, his companion of 37 years. The two, whom Eric says met many years ago "in Dublin at a party, across a crowded room", wed in a civil ceremony at the registry office on Lower Grand Canal St.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Eric said there was a "deep, abiding love between them" and they had wanted to marry for some time.

On why they were doing it now in the autumn of Patrick’s life, Eric said the union was a "completion of a life and a celebration of a life that has been intensely private, like the man himself."

Dubliner Pearce, who has three daughters by a previous marriage during which time he lived in Cork, said he had his children’s full support.  "They are three wonderful women. They are so delighted for me. They regard it as a cause for celebration. I am very lucky to have such broadminded children" he said.

Congrats to the happy couple.

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Hozier's Music Video 'Take Me to Church' is a Chilling Commentary on Anti-Gay Oppression: VIDEO

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Hozier is an upcoming artist from Dublin.

Check out his new clip "Take Me To Church", AFTER THE JUMP...

Ireland's State reports:

Directed by Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost, Hozier says the video “references the recent increase of organised attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the LGBT community. The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organisations and those who would have us believe they act in its interests. What has been seen growing in Russia is no less than nightmarish, I proposed bringing these themes into the story and Brendan liked the idea.”

You can download Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' EP here.

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Road Aaron Taylor-Johnson continues to look all kinds of fine. This time in GQ.


Forbes Mistakenly Calls Irish President Gay, Issues Apology

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An article that recently appeared on Forbes' website mistakenly labeled Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, "an acknowledged homosexual," The Irish Independent reports:

In an article about Samantha Power, the Irish woman being appointed as US Ambassador to the United Nations, [David] Monagan made a passing reference to President Higgins. He wrote: "The current president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, is a poet, acknowledged homosexual, and nearly as outspoken as his predecessors."

Forbes called the mistake "a serious error" that both they and author David Monagan "sincerely regret." According to The Daily Mail, Monagan attributes the mistake to deadline pressure, calling it "inexcusabe" and the worst mistake of his professional life.

Interestingly, the Mail notes that, "Forbes, which bills itself as a leading source for reliable business news and financial information, uses fact checkers to substantiate stories after individual freelancers submit work for publication."

File this one under, "Oops."


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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