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Netflix Streams Irish Marriage Equality Documentary


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A documentary on Ireland's marriage equality referendum is being shown on Netflix.

'The 34th' - which refers to the 34th amendment to the Constitution, allowing same-sex marriage - spans a decade.

It tells the story of people who formed marriage equality in Ireland, and developed it into an effective grassroots force.

It covers topics from the Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan legal case, to a 'Yes' vote on May 22nd 2015.

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone, who married her late wife in Canada, explains: "We wrote the Registrar General to say 'we'd just like to register our marriage' and we wrote to the Revenue Commissioner just to change our tax status.

"And that's when we received, especially from the Revenue Commissioner, back that incredible letter that said 'Dear Ladies, we can't give you a change of tax status because the definition of marriage here in Ireland was between a man and a woman'.

"And we said: That's the letter that we need to go to court".


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