Same-sex marriages (SSM), civil unions, etc.
Fine Gael party confirms supports SSM.
Times/IPSOS poll on the referendum.
2014-MAR-01: The Fine Gael political party confirms its support of marriage equality:
At the Fine Gael Ard Fheis -- a meeting of the Fine Gael political party -- delegates voted in favor of the party actively campaigning in favor of same-sex marriage during the upcoming 2015 plebiscite.
Fine Gael translates into English as "Irish Race" or "Gaelic Nation." They describes themselves as "a party of the progressive centre" although they are often referred to as a centre-right party. It is the largest political party in Ireland and is currently the lead partner in the coalition Government with the Labour Party. The next election will be held during MAY-23.
An article in "The Journal" said:
"... party delegates have determined that Fine Gael should support the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum next year, with Cork South-Central TD Jerry Buttimer, the party's only openly gay parliamentarian, saying the motion was about equality.
'The only place where I am unequal is in my Constitution,' he said. Shatter praised Buttimer for his 'eloquence', 'courage' and 'leadership' to applause from delegates." 2
Jerry Buttimer continued:
"As a gay man and a member of Fine Gael it makes me tremendously proud to see party delegates not only choose to endorse this motion in support of marriage equality, but to endorse it overwhelmingly." 3
Alan Shatter is a Fine Gael politician and both the Minister for Justice and Equality and Minister for Defence. He said that the plebiscite would involve two important principles
- "Firstly, we should cherish and celebrate difference.
- Secondly we should recognise the crucial value of treating people equally."
The readers of The Journal's article posted 118 comments. Only 15 dealt with same-sex marriage. The need for marriage equality appears to be a settled matter among the readers of that media outlet and perhaps also of the people of Ireland.
Michael O'Kane, the Political Editor of the Irish Examiner wrote:
"Ted O'Connell from Bishopstown West warned delegates next year's referendum was not about what happened in people's bedrooms. It was about equality of esteem and equality of relationships.
Speaking on a motion supporting gay marriage, where there were no speakers against, Mr O'Connell read out a message he had recently received on Facebook describing the plight of gay people in many countries.
'If I lived in Uganda this week I would be jailed for life. My friends and family would be jailed if they didn't report me. If I lived in Russia I wouldn't exist but if I did I would be hunted and abused,' he said.
'If I lived in Iran I would be hanged. If I lived in some parts of Africa I could be stoned or burned to death. If I lived in some states in the US I would be [considered] an abomination.'
However, Mr O'Connell said he lived in Ireland where he was tolerated. He said while he was loved by many he was treated differently by the constitution." 3
2014-APR-07: Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows support for same-sex marriage increasing:
An Irish Times poll taken during 2014-APR-01 and 02 showed that:
- 67% of potential voters plan to vote Yes on the upcoming referendum scheduled for the first half of 2015.
- 21% plan to vote No
- 12% are undecided or did not respond.
The usual variations with age and gender was observed, as they are for every other survey on marriage equality we have ever seen, regardless of date and location:
Among young adults aged 18 to 24:
- 80% of potential voters plan to vote Yes.
- 13% plan to vote No
- 7% are undecided or did not respond.
Among seniors, aged 65 and over:
- 44% of potential voters plan to vote Yes.
- 40% plan to vote No
- 16% are undecided or did not respond.
Comparing the genders:
- 73% of women voters plan to vote Yes.
- 61% of men voters plan to vote Yes.
The opinions of 1,000 potential voters were sampled. The margin of error for the survey was ±3 percentage points.
An Irish Times/Ipsos poll during 2012-NOV - almost a year and a half earlier -- showed that:
- 53% of adults planned to vote Yes on the upcoming referendum during the first half of 2015.
- 30% planned to vote No
- 17% are undecided or did not respond. 4
Since most people in a public opinion poll of this type who report as undecided tend to vote "No", the 2012 poll showed that there was at least a possibility that the referendum would be rejected. But the 2014 poll shows that the upcoming referendum -- if it had been voted upon in early 2014 -- would be overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality by perhaps a 2:1 ratio.
More developments in the future are certain.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Outline map of Ireland was supplied by D-maps.com. See: http://d-maps.com/pays.php?num_pay=198&lang=en Used by permission.
- "Fine Gaelsays 'yes' to same-sex marriage ...." The Journal, 2014-MAR-01, at: http://www.thejournal.ie/
- "Same sex marriage referendum will make Ireland 'a beacon of light'," Irish Examiner, 2014-MAR-03, at: http://www.irishexaminer.com/
- Stephen Collins, "Support for same-sex marriage increasing, poll finds," Irish Times, 2014-APR-07, at: http://www.irishtimes.com/
Copyright © 2004 to 2014 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2004
Latest update: 2014-MAY-05
Author: B.A. Robinson