Marriage Equality welcomes Fianna Fáil commitment to equality for same-sex couples

3 Mar 2012

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Marriage Equality have welcomed news that Fianna Fáil delegates at this weekend's Ard Fheis have voted in favour of giving equal marriage rights to all people, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, as well as backing a motion calling for same-sex couples to be given full adoption rights as heterosexual couples.

"The importance of today's vote cannot be overstated," said Marriage Equality Director Moninne Griffith. "We are delighted that Fianna Fáil delegates agree with the majority of Irish people who support marriage equality, and voted in favour of equal rights for same-sex couples, our families and our children."

Delegates at the Ard Fheis supported both motions, reportedly despite Fianna Fáil's Justice Spokesperson Dara Calleary's recommendation that the issues be left under the remit of the Government's upcoming Constitutional Convention. Marriage Equality is committed to fully engaging with the Constitutional Convention, and has urged supporters to contact their elected representatives to ensure that the voices of those affected by the marriage ban - gay and lesbian couples, their families and children - are heard during the process.

"We look forward to having the support of Fianna Fáil during these next few critical months for the marriage equality campaign. We will be engaging in debate with the members of the Convention, and other stakeholders, as to how marriage equality can be introduced as quickly as possible," added Ms Griffith. "With 73% of the population in favour of marriage rights for same sex couples, and now with today's pledged support of Fianna Fáil delegates, Ireland could soon be joining countries such as Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal in legalising marriage equality for same-sex couples, our families and our children."