Gay marriage referendum in 2015 as part of a special ‘Constitution Day’
A REFERENDUM on gay marriage will be held in 2015.
A range of questions will be put to voters on a special Constitution Day.
The Cabinet decided today to approve the holding of the gay marriage referendum, on foot of a recommendation of the Constitutional think tank.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore was seeking the gay marriage referendum be held in Autumn 2014 or Spring 2015.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has still declined to give his own views on gay marriage.
Mr Gilmore said last week he wants adoption and guardianship laws brought in before any referendum takes place.
The issue arises after the Convention on the Constitution recommended extending marriage to same-sex couples.
And the coalition has four months to respond with the deadline being next week.
Mr Kenny has repeatedly failed to say where he stands on the question of gay marriage and has studiously avoided questions on the issue.
By Fionnan Sheahan