The Supreme Court today rejected the marriage referendum objections, stating that Gerry Walshe’s stance lacked any factual or evidential basis, and dismissing the appeal. Thus was the path left open for equal marriage in Ireland, and the publishing of Marriage Bill 2015.
The arguments for an appeal were that the case was of national importance, and that the state had used its resources to promote a particular outcome, and was therefore unconstitutional.
However, the Supreme Court ruled today that the constitutional threshold was not met for leave to appeal, and the appeal was not in the interests of justice.
Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald tweeted:
Marriage Equality Bill published by Cabinet today. I will introduce it to the Dail next week!