Kerry County Council to vote on same-sex marriage
Happy Valentines day! Do you know what beats any number of chocolate roses? Political support for the particular form of relationship that happens to apply to you or someone you know.
Kerry county council could become the 13th local authority to formally support same-sex marriage in Ireland. The vote will be held at a monthly meeting of the council next Monday, 18th February. The motion has been tabled by Labour Cllr Gillian Wharton-Slattery who is hopeful that it will pass but says that she is not lobbying the other councillors on the issue and that each member of the council can decide for themselves. Danny Healy-Rae, an independent, has confirmed that he intends to oppose the motion. The vote could go any way because, although the main political parties in Ireland formally support same-sex marriage, it is an issue that councillors may well break party lines on.
Of course, just because Cllr Wharton-Slattery isn’t interested in lobbying her colleagues doesn’t mean her reticence should prevent you. If you live or vote in Kerry and want to gently remind your councillors that the vote matters to you then you can find all their details here.
The twelve local authorities who have previously voted in favour of motions supporting same-sex marriage are:
Cork City Council
Dublin City Council
Waterford City Council
South Dublin County Council
Fingal County Council
Louth County Council
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Wexford County Council
Kilkenny County Council
Ardee Town Council
Castlebar Town Council
Mullingar Town Council