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Ireland to Vote on Marriage Equality in 2015

IrelandEarlier this week, Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny announced that a referendum on same-sex marriage will be held in early 2015. The referendum is expected to be held within the first four months of the year.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny publicly expressed his stance on the issue of marriage equality late last year, when he announced that would call for a “Yes” vote on same-sex marriage.

According to The Journal, the Prime Minister said, “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.”

In a 2013 survey, an overwhelming majority of Irish citizens—over 70%--agreed “same sex marriage should be allowed in the Constitution.”

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