Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald has announced that she intends to make same-sex marriage legal by July.
Following this weekends passing of the same-sex marriage referendum, the Minster explained that the bill is being drafted and she aims to seek its approval from government by the end of June. She also intends to introduce it into the Oireachtas as soon as possible so that the legislation can be enacted before the summer recess.
In a statement released today, Fitzgerald said, “I am very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible. I am working to make that happen.”
The Bill will also amend the Civil Registration Act 2004 which prevents same-sex couples accessing full civil marriage.
Also in the statement, Minister Fitzgerald also used the opportunity to congratulate all Yes campaigners – and to compliment both sides on a “civilised” campaign.
She said, “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.”
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