THE 100 members of the Constitutional Convention, 66 citizens and 33 politicians met in Malahide today to decide if the issue of same sex marriage should be put before the people in a referendum.
The meeting in Malahide heard a range of submissions from legal experts Gerard Durcan SC, Sarah Fennell BL and Eimear Browne BL as well as a number of advocates and opponents of same sex marriage.
The meeting heard from a broad range of civil society groups and advocacy groups who were given equal time to advance their arguments before the members.
The groups included the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference, Evangelical Alliance Ireland, the Knights of St. Columbanus and Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), Marriage Equality and the Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL).
Chairman of the Constitutional Convention, Mr Tom Arnold, said: “I am very pleased with the first day of the Constitutional Convention’s meeting on same-sex marriage. The members of the Convention heard mature analysis of the issues surrounding same-sex marriage and debate was carried out by all participants in a dignified and respectful manner.”
Debate and analysis will continue tomorrow morning and a ballot will be taken tomorrow afternoon
Those results will be forwarded to the Government before being debated in both houses of the Oireachtas.