How long can we wait?
So the government agreed that the issue of same-sex marriage will be put to the people in a referendum in 2015. Though the exact date has not yet been set it is expected in mid-2015, fulfilling Gilmore’s committment to hold the referendum within the lifetime of this government. The decision has been broadly welcomed though not everyone is delighted about waiting a minimum of another two years for a real change in the legal reality for same-sex couples in Ireland, in the event that the referendum is passed.
Noise welcomes the decision to hold a referendum on marriage equality but believes a right delayed is a right denied.
If, if, a referendum was held and passed on this issue in 2015, it would be
…11 years since Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan were granted leave by the High Court to pursue a claim to have their marriage recognised.
…22 years since same-sex activity between men was decriminalised in the Republic.
…4 years since the introduction of Civil Partnership.
…2 years since the heads of the Gender Recognition Bill were published (it could be , is sadly likely to be zero years since provision for the trans* community).
…2 years since the Constitutional Convention voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage in Ireland.
…26 years since Denmark introduced ‘registered partnerships’, making it the first country to legally recognise same-sex partnerships.
…15 years since the Netherlands became the first country to recognise same-sex marriage.