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Gay Couples Could Marry In Ireland In Over A Month

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01:32 23 Sep 2015


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Ireland's first same-sex marriages could be taking place in just over a month.

Laws to officially pave the way for civil marriage were introduced in the Dáil today, after May's historical yes vote.

Campaigners for marriage equality say it's a momentous day in Irish history.

The bill received cross-party support when it was introduced to the Dáil earlier today, but there is a while to go before it becomes law.

The Minister for Justice and Equality was given a round of applause before TDs from every corner of the chamber were given a chance to have their say on the historic bill.

Three years ago, Jerry Buttimer became the first Fine Gael TD to come out as gay, and his words today were also greeted with the support of his peers.

The bill will soon be examined in more detail at Committee Stage. Any changes made there will then be reviewed and if it stands up, the bill will then be sent to the Seanad for approval.

All going according to plan, it should be enacted before the end of the year.


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