Ireland to hold referendum on gay marriage

The Guardian 5 November 2013
Ireland is to hold a referendum in mid-2015 on whether to allow same-sex marriage, the Republic’s government has said.

The decision, announced on Tuesday, is a victory for the deputy prime minister, Eamon Gilmore, who has been lobbying for a national vote.

The vote will be held as part of a special “constitution day”, in which a wide-ranging referendum could result in other changes to the Republic’s constitution such as the abolition of blasphemy laws.

Before Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, Gilmore said he hoped the Fine Gael-Labour government would back moves toward full equality in Ireland.

Gilmore, who isleader of the Irish Labour party, said it would be “important to win this referendum”.

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