IRELAND: Same-Sex Marriage Signed Into Law

Ireland’s same-sex marriage vote has been signed into law and weddings will commence by mid-November.

“The Presidential Commission today signed the ‘Marriage Bill 2015’ into law,” the president’s office said in a statement, paving the way for the first weddings within a month. Ireland voted 62.1 percent in favour of allowing marriage between two people “without distinction as to their sex” in May, the first time anywhere that gay marriage has been legalised in a referendum. The president’s endorsement was the final hurdle for the bill after legal challenges briefly delayed the legislation from coming into effect. The first ceremonies should be possible by mid-November, according to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Senator Katherine Zappone, who had long campaigned for her Canadian marriage to her wife to be recognised in Ireland, called it “a defining moment”. “It is a deeply emotional moment for those of us who have campaigned for so long,” Zappone said in a statement. “This victory truly belongs to the nation, it is a moment for us all.”

  • oikos
    • Ed Burrow

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    • 2patricius2

      The gold at the end of the rainbow is equality….

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  • Reality.Bites

    Wasn’t marriage legalized in 2-3 states in a referendum? Maine, Maryland and Washington if I remember correctly.

    • Ed Burrow


    • Perhaps they meant to say on a national level….that was my assumption.

      • Reality.Bites

        That’s true, but usually that’s specified. And those three states have a much larger population than Ireland. It’s like when Iceland had the world’s first lesbian prime minister – true but they have fewer people than a midsized city

    • Randolph Finder

      Maryland was a little wierd. The Legislature passed it and the governor signed it, but enough signatures were gotten to force it onto the ballot where it passed.

  • Michael Rush

    • oikos

      If we let leprechauns get married then we’ll have to allow elves, trolls and faeries to do so. #slipperyslope

    • KCMC

      wee people look none-too-wee hung!

      • BobSF_94117

        And it appears they emit magnetic waves or something.

  • Luis De California

    Congratulations 😀

    Now, we have to worry about the opposite in Slovenia/Switzerland: Slovenia would ‘only’ be a move back to civil unions if voters say so, but it will discourage Parliament from trying to pass marriage again for YEARS. In Switzerland there’s a trojan horse initiative from one party – it proposes equal taxing for all couples not just married couples but defines married as man-woman so that would essentially cause a constitutional ban. The public have the final say there so the Swiss team has to make sure to remind people that all that glitters is not gold on February 28. Best case scenario in Switzerland, the ban flops and a pending initiative approving gay marriage is passed months later 🙂 I hope they took notes from Ireland, their videos were so well made.

    • I agree, the Ireland campaign was a great example for others to follow, further down the line there is Australia were it might end up going to a public vote.

    • vorpal

      I’ve barely seen you around here lately!
      Glad to have you posting this morning, Luis!
      It’s always a pleasure to read your insightful and informative posts.

    • ChrisMorley

      The Irish campaigns and videos and success didn’t happen out of nowhere.
      There was a huge US philanthropic longterm funding and tactics input. It is documented in detail here for the first legislative step, Civil Partnerships and this was continued for marriage equality.

      Slovenia, at least, will need international support too.

      • Luis De California

        Then I hope they get all the help they can. I think the Swiss may see through the proposal since marriage is supported by over 60%, but in Slovenia marriage support is 55% and adoption which is a part of the new law is only at like 40…had it just been marriage maybe I’d be a lot more optimistic.

  • A fantastic thing indeed, congrats to the people of Ireland and I very much look forward to marriages commencing!!!!!!!

  • Smartypants

    The marriage equality vote is Ireland’s final rejection of the Catholic church and the small-minded clerical bigots who oppressed the country for centuries. It was a vote for hope and a fresh future.

    • James

      Maybe not final. There’s still abortion to deal with.

  • Guest

    If such a catholic country can go for equality, why hasn’t Germany?

    • Randolph Finder

      It is sort of paradoxical, but here are the major pieces…
      1) A significant part of Germany *is* heavily Catholic: Bavaria (most of Germany that borders Austria and Switzerland.
      2) The more conservative Party* is in power (In this case Party is the union between the sister parties, the CSU which exists in Bavaria and the CDU that exists elsewhere) as part of a grand coalition.
      3) They already have Civil Unions which the German Constitutional Court has in a number of cases added individual pieces to over the years to get the rights closer and closer to marriage.

      #2 is really the primary reason. if the SPD had succeeded in forming a government with the Greens and the Left, then there might be Marriage Equality today.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Well now, the Irish have confirmed: there’s more than a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…..WONDERFUL!

  • Bj Lincoln

    We should send wedding photos to Bill Donahue.

  • Glen

    As they say in Ireland…. Yippee Ki Yay!


  • Comhghairdeas! And more importantly, slainte!

  • Erin go gay-friendlygh!