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Irish government looks to referendum on same-sex marriage, new law on gay adoption

Catholic World News - October 29, 2013

Ireland’s deputy prime minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore had indicated that he anticipates a nationwide referendum on the legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Gilmore, who has referred to same-sex marriage as “the civil-rights issue of this generation,” said that a referendum might be held next year, or in the spring of 2015.

A spokesman for the deputy prime minister said that before a referendum on the marriage issue takes place, he hopes to advance legislation that would give same-sex couples equal rights in the adoption process. Justice minister Alan Shatter is preparing legislation that would have that effect.

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