London, 26 May 2015
On Friday 22 May 2015, Ireland voted 62.1% in favour of legalising same-sex marriage and is set to be the nineteenth country in the world to recognise an equal right to marry regardless of sexual orientation. The Equal Rights Trust strongly welcomes the ends, but issues caution on the means employed.
The majority support for same-sex marriage equality marks a great success for the Irish equal rights movement and, when considering that same-sex sexual conduct was a criminal offence until as late as 1993, Friday’s result also shows how much the country has changed.
However, at this time of celebration for the rights of same-sex couples in Ireland, it is important to be mindful about the best way to advance the equal rights of those in countries which have yet to legalise same-sex marriage.
This is the article "In Pursuit of Marriage Equality in Ireland: A Narrative and Theoretical Reflection", authored by Katherine Zappone, published in Volume 10 of The Equal Rights Review.
This is the case summary of the European Court of Human Rights case of Norris v. Ireland (Application No. 10581/83).
This is the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, concluding observations on the second periodic report of Ireland.
This is the ERT case summary of the Irish Equality Tribunal decision in the case of Stokes v. Irish Soccer Referees Society (DEC-E2007-003).
This is the ERT case summary of the Irish Equality Tribunal decision in the case of O’Conghaile v. Mercy Mean Scoil Mhuire (DEC-E2007- 068).
This is the ERT case summary of the Irish Equality Tribunal decision in the case of Ms Irene Feore v. Alzheimer Society of Ireland (DEC-E2006-010).
This is the ERT case summary of the Irish Equality Tribunal decision of Mr X v A Supermarket (DEC-E2005/019).
This is the ERT case summary of the Irish Equality Tribunal decision of McGinn v Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (DEC - E - 2002/054).