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04:12 | 23rd October 2017

News: UK

Wed 1 Oct, 2014
By Robert Ingham


An opinion poll showed 76 percent in favour

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Ireland will make history in May 2015 when it becomes the first country to hold a referendum on allowing gay marriage.

While other countries have legislated for it – or in the case of the U.S. the courts have found in favor of it – no country has ever held a referendum until Ireland decided to do so.

The stakes are very high, as a yes vote would have a profound impact far beyond Ireland’s shores if the historically conservative and Catholic country voted for it.



It certainly seems a yes vote is very likely. An opinion poll showed 76 percent in favour, but that may be a very soft vote says Tiernan Brady, the policy director of GLEN, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network who is in New York this week.

He warns of deep complacency on the yes side and the impact that foreign money, especially from America, could have.

The pro-gay marriage side believes that U.S. conservative groups will seek to draw a line in the sand and think that if they can stop gay marriage in Ireland, it would have a huge impact.

“Our belief is that there will be major U.S. money involved,” says Brady, a former elected councilor in Donegal who now runs GLEN’s policy side full time. “This is a critical vote for them.”

Source: Irish Central.com

To read more, click www.irishcentral.com/news/irishvoice/Will-Ireland-vote-for-gay-marriage.html

 

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