25 May 2015

 

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has today announced her intention to have the Marriage Bill 2015 enacted by the end of July.

The Minister stated: ‘The Irish people have chosen decisively to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples. I am particularly proud that the right to marriage equality will now be enshrined in our Constitution as a result of a popular vote. I would like to compliment all of those who voted and who campaigned on both sides for what was a passionate and yet civilised referendum campaign.’

The Minister continued: ‘I am very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible. I am working to make that happen.”

The Marriage Bill, which is currently being drafted, will enable same-sex couples to get married in the same way as opposite-sex couples. My intention is to seek Government approval for the Marriage Bill 2015 in June with the aim of introducing the Bill into the Oireachtas immediately thereafter so that the legislation can be enacted before the summer recess.’

The Minister confirmed that the Marriage Bill 2015 will include a provision to enable couples to convert a notification of intention to enter a civil partnership into a notification of intention to enter a marriage.

The Minister stated: “This means that couples who have already registered their intention to enter a civil partnership will be instead able to get married once the law is enacted on the basis of the same registration of intent.”

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Note for the Editors:

The Marriage Bill 2015 will set out the provisions which will give effect to the right to be inserted into the Constitution as the 34th amendment which will enable two persons to marry in accordance with law without distinction as to their sex.

The Marriage Bill 2015 will be based on the General Scheme which was issued on 9 March 2015. The Bill will remove the current impediments in the Civil Registration Act 2004 which prevent same-sex couples from marrying. It will also set out the transitional arrangements that will apply where civil partners wish to get married. It will outline the final dates for registration of civil partnerships.