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Tags: EU | Ireland | Gay | Marriage

Ireland Plans May Vote on Legalizing Gay Marriage

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 02:37 PM EST

Prime Minister Enda Kenny says Ireland's voters will be asked to legalize gay marriage, a government-backed measure that reflects rapid social change in the predominantly Catholic nation.

Kenny told lawmakers Tuesday that the government would subject its planned Marriage Equality Bill to a public referendum in May, though a precise date has not been selected. The vote is needed to amend the family section of Ireland's 77-year-old constitution.

Ireland legalized civil partnerships for homosexual couples in 2011. Such partnerships confer weaker legal rights than for a married couple on matters of child custody and welfare access, particularly in event of relationship breakdown.

Recent Irish opinion polls indicate around three-fourths of voters support legalizing gay marriage. More than a dozen nations and most U.S. states already have taken the step.

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Prime Minister Enda Kenny says Ireland's voters will be asked to legalize gay marriage, a government-backed measure that reflects rapid social change in the predominantly Catholic nation.
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