ICCL welcomes publication of Marriage Bill 2015

ICCL Press release

16 September 2015

Ireland’s human rights watchdog the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) - which along with GLEN and Marriage Equality led the Yes Equality referendum campaign for civil marriage equality - has welcomed the Government’s approval for publication today (Wednesday 16 September 2015) of the Marriage Bill 2015.

The Bill, which will be introduced in Dáil Éireann next week, will update the current marriage legislation to enable same sex couples to marry, as provided for in Article 41.4 of the Constitution, which was overwhelmingly approved by the people in May’s historic referendum.

Welcoming the publication of the legislation today, ICCL Executive Director Mark Kelly said:

“The passage of this Bill through the Oireachtas next week will mark the final legislative act in dismantling in Ireland what former President McAleese has called “the architecture of homophobia””

“Once the Marriage Bill 2015 becomes law, we will have made another proud step towards the more equal Ireland to which May’s Yes Equality campaign gave such full voice”.

ENDS

 


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