Sunday 17 December 2017

73pc of us say yes to same sex marriage

SAME sex marriage has the backing of three out of four Irish people, a survey has revealed.

An upcoming convention to explore the need for changes to Ireland's Constitution is likely to examine the calls by gay and lesbian citizens for the right to undergo a legal marriage within the State.

The convention's deliberation will acknowledge the results of a public poll commissioned by the Government which discovered that 73pc of people questioned supported the principle of same sex marriage.

The poll, conducted by the Red C polling firm, carried out research in connection with the failed 2011 referendum which had sought to give Oireachtas committees more powers to investigate matters of public concern.

Those questioned were asked if they were for or against a number of possible reforms that could be proposed by the Government in the coming years.

They found a three-to-one majority in favour of allowing same sex marriages in the Constitution.

According to the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) support group Noise, the Civil Partnership Act 2011 has only served to cement inequality in Irish society by explicitly excluding LBGT people from the institution of marriage.

Last August, thousands of people marched in Dublin to demand that same-sex couples be given the right to wed -- with a warning that it has become a major human rights issue. Singer and gay rights advocate Brian Kennedy told a crowd of around 5,000 people there is a huge gulf in rights between full marriage and the civil partnership legislation that came into affect last year.

The singer claimed there were many anomalies between civil partnership and civil marriage.

Those anomalies include rights to guardianship of children and property inheritance, which do not apply in civil partnership.

Other poll results found:

•53pc believe the offence of blasphemy should be removed;

•51pc believe references to women's life within the home should be removed;

•83pc believe the number of TDs should be significantly reduced;

•59pc think the Seanad should be abolish;

•75pc believe the Oireachtas should be able to hold inquiries into matters of general public importance.


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