Human Rights / Family

41 days before Irish Government talks about Marriage Equality

Friday, September 20, 2013
Following revisions in its abortion legislations, Ireland’s government and society are getting ready for a referandum on same-sex marriage.
 
Recently carrying its new abortion legislation into effect, Irleand is now going through another heated debate about civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples.
 
Publicly demanding it once again by a recent marching for marriage equality in capital Dublin, more attention is being drawn to this issue which would change the rights of LGBT people in the fields of health, education, housing, law and in society.  The marching was organized by “LGBT Noise” group with the participation of around 5,000 attendants.
 
In the light of these developments, you will be presented by kaosgl.org with a chain of articles in which various voices of Irish LGBT movement will be commenting and informing about the issue. Our first guest is “Marriage Equality”s Acting Director, Andrew Hyland.
 
On Wednesday, Andrew Hyland, Jerry Buttimer from Fine Gael Party and John Lyons from Labour Party presented a letter to the two Irish Assembly leaders Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore. The letter outlined the 7,000 signatures that were collected from August 30 to September 1 by the “Love Action Collective” in support of a marriage equality referendum. 
 
When visiting the page* of Marriage Equality, you will be greeted by a countdown for the number of days left before Government officially responds to the “Recommendations of Convention on the Constitution on Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples”. As of today, there is another 41 days left to wait.
 
Commenting on the role and aim of the marriage equality marching and demands, director Hyland stated; “The march is a pivotal event in the Irish LGBT calendar that unites our community and family and calls on the Government to provide marriage equality for same-sex couples.”
 
“The march is a further opportunity to highlight other issues which face LGBT people living in Ireland and abroad. As such, as well as calling for a 2014 referendum to introduce marriage equality into Ireland, the march also highlighted the state endorsed homophobia currently rampant in Russia. Marriage Equality commend the work of LGBT Noise in organising this highly successful annual march, and hope that next year the march will celebrate the victory of marriage equality in Ireland.”
 
Marriage Equality is a not for profit, single issue, national grassroots advocacy organisation whose goal is to achieve equality for LGBT people in Ireland through the extension of civil marriage rights to same-sex couples. The group campaigns for access to civil marriage which is regulated by the State.
 
* http://www.marriagequality.ie/   
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