New poll confirms public support for marriage equality as a Constitutional right
Marriage Equality today welcomed the results of a new Red C poll which indicate that 73% of voters believe marriage equality should be enshrined in the Constitution.
Three in four of those polled agreee with the statement, “Same-sex marriage should be allowed in the Constitution.” The research was carried out by academics and polling company Red C on behalf of the government, to examine the reasons why last year’s referendum on Oireachtas inquiries was defeated.
The survey follows yesterday’s news that the government will soon issue draft proposals for the make-up of the Constitutional Convention pledged in the Programme for Government last year. The Convention will consider, among other issues, the provision of marriage equality for same-sex couples.
The poll builds on past research which has tracked increasing support for equality among the Irish public. Public support for marriage equality has grown from 56% in 2008 to 62% in 2009 to this latest figure of 73%.
“The results of today’s Red C poll are vitally important,” said Marriage Equality Director Moninne Griffith. She continued:
It shows that not only are Irish people in favour of marriage equality, but they are also in favour of its inclusion in our Constitution. That is a huge step forward in our work to achieve equality for same-sex couples and families all over Ireland.
We will be engaging fully with the Constitutional Convention and we look forward to engaging in debate with the members of the Convention, and other stakeholders, as to how marriage equality can be introduced as quickly as possible,” added Ms Griffith. “With 73% of the population in favour of allowing marriage equality in the Constitution, the Irish people are clearly ready for marriage equality.