IRELAND: Prime Minister Confirms Gay Marriage Referendum For Spring 2015
Enda Kenny announced that a referendum on same-sex marriage will be held in the spring of next year. Speaking in the Dáil today during Order of Business, the Taoiseach confirmed the vote will take place within the first four months of 2015. Responding to a question from Gerry Adams, the Fine Gael leader said, “The referendum will be in spring of next year. We haven’t named a date yet. “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." The Taoiseach has also said he will “canvass for it when it comes”. A Red C poll in November last year found that 76% of voters will support the referendum. Today’s announcement has been welcomed by a number of groups campaigning for marriage equality.Gay Star News notes that the Catholic Church has declared that it will oppose the referendum.