Thousands of people have been added to the electoral register since the start of the month, as part of the YesEquality campaign. The final push now begins, with just seven days remaining during which people who are eligible to vote can register.
Yesterday afternoon, 8,000 supporters of marriage equality attended last March for Marriage in Dublin before the marriage referendum in spring 2015
Big news! An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, announced to the Dáil yesterday evening that the referendum on marriage equality will be held in Spring 2015. The announcement has been welcomed by campaign groups GLEN, Marriage Equality and the ICCL.
This morning, the government revealed the proposed wording for the Children’s Referendum. So what, if anything, might the referendum mean for children raised by same-sex couples?
Kildare-ians! Are you living in Athy? Well if so, you need to get on to your local councillor, STAT! The Leas-Cathaoirleach of Athy Town Council, Cllr Thomas Redmond, will be proposing a motion in favour of marriage equality at the council’s next meeting – Here’s how you can keep up-to-date and take action!
Yesterday, South Dublin County Council voted on two separate motions in support of marriage equality, and both were passed unanimously by councillors. It appears that a motion in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown will now be discussed in October
Following marriage equality motions being successfully passed at Dublin City Council last week, and since similar moves in local authorities across the island, attention today focuses on two more councils in the Dublin area. South Dublin Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council will today vote on separate marriage equality motions during meetings at 3pm and 5pm, respectively
Ahead of Monday’s local council votes in Newry and Fermanagh, the news over the weekend in Northern Ireland was that marriage equality is now formally Alliance Party policy. The party passed a motion which calls for marriage equality, and which addresses religious beliefs by ensuring that faiths are neither compelled by the state to solemnise same-sex marriages nor prevented from doing so. It also supports giving authority to humanists to solemnise marriages.
All the marriage equality news last night was firmly focused on local government, with votes being taken in Dublin, Newry and Fermanagh. It follows similar motions passed in Belfast, Cork, Omagh, Down, and Moyle and Magherafelt local authorities. Further marriage equality motions are expected in South Dublin, Fingal, Dungannon, Dundalk, Fermanagh, Waterford and Derry
Tonight, as reported by TheJournal.ie, Dublin City Council is due to vote on a motion which calls for “the same rights and entitlements to civil marriages for all citizens of Dublin regardless of race, religion or sexuality”. The Council meeting – which begins at 6:45pm – will be available to watch online
Cardinal Seán Brady yesterday aired the Roman Catholic church’s views concerning same-sex marriage and abortion on RTÉ Radio 1’s This Week. For a man who is so concerned with the unborn, he has a curious view of actual living human beings.
Mid-Pride season and hot on the heels of the March for Marriage, this just in from Marriage Equality: Three further district councils in Northern Ireland have passed motions to officially support civil marriage for same sex-couples. Omagh, Down, Moyle and Magherafelt District Councils join Belfast City Council, who passed a motion of support in June.
This year’s March for Marriage will be taking place on Sunday August 12th at 3pm. The march will begin at City Hall at the top of Parliament Street and go from there to the Department of Justice.
Hot on the heels of Minister Shatter’s statement on Thursday, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore made a historic statement this afternoon, calling marriage equality “the civil rights issue of this generation, and, in my opinion, its time has come”. Listen and read to the speech here.
Opening the European Gay Policing Conference in Dublin Castle this morning, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter acknowledged the lack of legislation to recognise and support children in LGBT headed families, and committed to bring forward legislation.
Senator Katherine Zappone and Dr. Ann Louise Gilligan, who were lawfully married in the Canadian jurisdiction, will be issuing a fresh legal challenge in their fight to be married under Irish law. The new challenge will test the provisions of the Civil Registration Act 2004, and Civil Partnership Act 2010, which prohibit marriage for same-sex couples.
Hot on the heels of not only the recent Californian Prop 8 ruling but also the introduction of marriage equality in Washington State, now it’s all go in (take a breath) Maryland, New Jersey (a bit), Maine, and once again in California. So, with the news from our overseas orange and yours truly, here’s the 411 on what’s happening State-side