Ireland’s Marriage Bill Finally Passes!

From Left: Brian Sheehan, Mark Kelly, Frances Fitzgerald, and Gráinne Healy, after the passing of the Marriage Bill 2015

From Left: Brian Sheehan, Mark Kelly, Frances Fitzgerald, and Gráinne Healy, after the passing of the Marriage Bill 2015

Another major milestone has been reached with the passing of the Marriage Bill on Thursday last, 22nd October. It will now be sent on to President Michael D. Higgins to be signed into law.

The approximate date for the long awaited first same-sex marriages will be mid-November, and the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, said:

“Today is a good riposte to the prejudice of the past.

[..]…we’re seeing the marker of a changed Ireland”

Frances with Brian

Minister Frances Fitzgerald With Brian Sheehan

She celebrated by joining the marriage equality leaders at Pantibar in the evening.

Brian Sheehan tweeted:

“An amazing day. completed. Thanks to people of Ireland & Outside bar tonight”.

Many people all over Ireland have reason to celebrate, from the LGBT community, to their parents, family, friends and supporters.

Senator David Norris, who has been fighting for these rights for many years, reminded us that there is still work to be done, and places in the world where it is dangerous and fatal to be gay.

The Bill now passes to President Michael D. Higgins for his signature, which will mean that marriage equalilty is finally on the statute books in Ireland.

-MKB

 

 

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