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Gay couples may be able to legally marry before end of July

Published 25/05/2015 | 17:13

People gather at the Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle, Dublin, after Zappone proposed live on TV as votes are continued to be counted in the referendum on same-sex marriage Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People gather at the Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle, Dublin, after Zappone proposed live on TV as votes are continued to be counted in the referendum on same-sex marriage Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gay couples can look forward to summer weddings as Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald pledged to enact laws allowing for same sex marriages by the end of July.

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Ms Fitzgerald said she will bring the Marriage Bill 2015 before Cabinet in June with the aim of passing the legislation through the Oireachtas before the Dail summer recess.

All couples are required to give three months notification before registering a marriage.

Gay couples who registered for civil partnership three months before the legislation is passed will automatically be entitled to be recognised as a married couple once the law is changed.

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“The Irish people have chosen decisively to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples.  I am particularly proud that the right to marriage equality will now be enshrined in our Constitution as a result of a popular vote.  I would like to compliment all of those who voted and who campaigned on both sides for what was a passionate and yet civilised referendum campaign,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

She added: “I am very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible. I am working to make that happen.

The minister confirmed that the Marriage Bill 2015 will include a provision to enable couples to convert a notification of intention to enter a civil partnership into a notification of intention to enter a marriage.

“This means that couples who have already registered their intention to enter a civil partnership will be instead able to get married once the law is enacted on the basis of the same registration of intent,” the minister added.

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