Marriage Equality welcomes progress on Constitutional Convention

22 Feb 2012

Dail Eireann

Marriage Equality today welcomed reports in the media that the Cabinet will soon issue draft proposals for the make-up of the Constitutional Convention pledged in the Programme for Government last year. The Convention will consider, among other issues, the provision of marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Marriage Equality's Moninne Griffith stated that the campaign group would fully engage with the Constitutional Convention which will report within 12 months on the legislative and/or constitutional options to provide for marriage equality for same sex couples. The make up of the Convention has yet to be finalised, but it is expected to include lawyers, politicians and members of the public.

Ms Griffith went on to urge the Government and the members of the Constitutional Convention to take steps to ensure that the voices of those affected by the marriage ban - including same sex couples and their children - are heard during the Convention. Marriage Equality also encouraged participants to take public opinion into account when considering the issue of equality for same sex couples.

"We look forward to engaging in debate with the members of the Convention, and other stakeholders, as to how marriage equality can be introduced as quickly as possible. With 73% of the population in favour of marriage rights for same sex couples, the Irish people are clearly ready for marriage equality."

View the media reports about the Constitutional Convention