Rights Group dismisses “bogus” claims of EU impact of marriage vote

 

Press Release - for immediate release
Wednesday 13 May 2015
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has dismissed as "entirely bogus" claims that that a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum will have an impact on Ireland's opt out under the Lisbon Treaty.
The claims by a retired academic, reported in today's Irish Times, have "no basis in law or fact" the rights watchdog has said.
Mark Kelly, Executive Director of the ICCL said:
"The entirely bogus claim that a yes vote on 22 May will have any bearing on Ireland's relationship with the European Union is the latest in a series of myths being peddled by No campaigners. The referendum on May 22 is about one thing only, extending civil marriage equality, giving equal rights to equal citizens."
"When Irish people vote for marriage equality, this country will join a growing European consensus that there is no valid basis in law or fact to continue to discriminate against people in same sex relationships", Mr Kelly concluded.
 
ENDS
For press queries and interview requests, please contact:
Walter Jayawardene 
Communications Manager 
Irish Council for Civil Liberties
T: + 353 1 799 4503  
M: +353 87 9981574  
E: walter.jayawardene@iccl.ie

Press Release - for immediate release

 

Wednesday 13 May 2015

 

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has dismissed as "entirely bogus" claims that that a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum will have an impact on Ireland's opt out under the Lisbon Treaty.

 

The claims by a retired academic, reported in today's Irish Times, have "no basis in law or fact" the rights watchdog has said.

 

Mark Kelly, Executive Director of the ICCL said:

 

"The entirely bogus claim that a yes vote on 22 May will have any bearing on Ireland's relationship with the European Union is the latest in a series of myths being peddled by No campaigners. The referendum on May 22 is about one thing only, extending civil marriage equality, giving equal rights to equal citizens."

 

"When Irish people vote for marriage equality, this country will join a growing European consensus that there is no valid basis in law or fact to continue to discriminate against people in same sex relationships", Mr Kelly concluded.

 

ENDS

 

 

For press queries and interview requests, please contact:

 

 

Walter Jayawardene 

Communications Manager 

Irish Council for Civil Liberties

T: + 353 1 799 4503  

M: +353 87 9981574  

E: walter.jayawardene@iccl.ie

 


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