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Same-sex marriages (SSM), civil unions, etc.

Outline map of Ireland 1

Part 5:
Ireland during late 2014:
2014-NOV: Opinion on marriage equality.
"Yes Equality" coalition formed.
2014-DEC: Poll on the 2015 referendum.

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two brides about to marry 2014-NOV-03: Opinion: A yes vote at the referendum is "The one thing people can do for same-sex marriage to pass in Ireland:"

Tiernan Brady, writing for the The Journal, said:

"The referendum is a once-in-a-generation moment. It offers us all the chance to decide what kind of country we wish to live in. A yes vote will send a powerful message that we wish to be a country where all are cherished equally. Extending civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples would make our society a better, fairer and more inclusive place for all. It will harm no one, and will take nothing from those who are already married. In fact, it will be a testament to how important marriage is in Ireland and will strengthen the core basis for marriage -– the social and legal recognition and protection of the love and commitment that a couple wish to make to each other. Lesbian and gay people want to get married for the same reason as everyone else: to celebrate their love, mark their commitment to each other, and protect their loved ones. ..."

"Civil partnership was a significant advance. However it falls short of full constitutional equality and does not confer equal status standing and dignity to committed and loving lesbian and gay couples. Only civil marriage equality can achieve this. ..."

"We can create an Ireland where a young LGBT person can grow up with the same aspirations as their peers – to be able to build a life for themselves, meet a partner, fall in love, [and] get married. We now stand at the beginning of a referendum campaign to decide whether all of us continue on that journey towards equality." 2

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2014-NOV: Coalition of LGBT-positive groups formed to promote marriage equality:

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL); and Marriage Equality have combined forces to launch Yes Equality. The coalition's initial goal is to encourage people to register to vote. The plebiscite itself will be held early in 2015. 2

Tiernan Brady of Yes Equality said:

"The response from people right across the country has been amazing.

Tens of thousands have registered to vote and thousands more have joined Yes Equality. The positive reaction bodes well for turnout at the upcoming referendum on civil marriage equality in 2015.

But registering to vote is only the first step. Next year will be a once-in-a-generation moment. The critical decisions about our futures are made by those who not only are registered, but who make their voices heard on polling day.

"There will be a further opportunity to register to vote once the date of the referendum is called.

"Between now and then, it is up to the tens of thousands of people energized by our voter initiative to begin the conversation with friends, families and loved ones as to why making their voices heard on polling day is so important." 3

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2014-DEC: Webmaster's comments:

It will be interesting to see how closely the plebiscite results -- which will involve only those persons sufficiently interested in the matter to be motivated to register and turn out to vote -- will agree with the views of the Irish public -- as indicated by well designed public opinion polls.

  • A large percentage of lesbians, gays and bisexuals will probably register and vote in favor of marriage equality because they are directly motivated, or because many of their friends in the LGBT community have a direct stake in the outcome. But they probably represent less than 10% of the population.

  • A large majority of devout individuals who follow a conservative faith group will probably register and vote against marriage equality, even though only civil marriages are at stake. Religious groups will be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples by refusing to marry them.

  • Many Irish adults who are not members of either of these two groups may not bother to register or vote because marriage equality is not of direct interest to them.

There have been plebiscites in the past in which a majority of voters approved of same-sex marriage. Cases in the U.S. in the states of Maine and Maryland come to mind, but these were held as part of a major election when a large percentage of the public voted. The outcome of a stand-alone plebiscite are often impossible to predict.

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2014-DEC: Poll by the Irish Times and Ipsos shows support for same-sex marriage continues to increase:

The third in a series of Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows a further increase in support and a reduction in opposition for marriage equality.

    • 71% of potential voters plan to vote Yes on the upcoming referendum scheduled for the first half of 2015.

    • 17% plan to vote No.

    • 3% plan to not vote.

    • 9% are undecided or did not respond. 4

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Outline map of Ireland was supplied by See: Used by permission.
  2. Tiernan Brady, "Opinion: The one thing people can do for same-sex marriage to pass in Ireland," The Journal, 2014-NOV-03, at:
  3. "Ireland: Thousands register to vote ahead of marriage referendum," Pink News, 2014-NOV-26, at:
  4. "The Irish Times Poll," the Irish Times, 2014-DEC-18, at:
  5. "Same-sex marriage: why the proposal may not be accepted by voters," The Irish Times, 2014-DEC-12, at:
  6. Referendums on same-sex marriage and voting age for May 2015," The Irish Times, 2014-DEC-17, at:
  7. Daragh Brophy, "Government parties are up FIVE POINTS in the first poll of the year," The, 2015-JAN-14, at:
  8. Henry McDonald, "Ireland archbishop raises concerns about yes vote in gay marriage poll," The Guardian, 2015-MAY-02, at:

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Originally written: 2004-NOV
Latest update: 2015-JAN-15
Author: B.A. Robinson

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