irishtimes.com The Cabinet has agreed to hold a referendum on same sex marriage before the summer of 2015. At their meeting today, Ministers accepted the recommendation of Minister for JusticeAlan Shatter that they should follow the advice of the Constitutional Referendum and put the issue of same sex marriage to the people. It is now expected that same sex marriage and a number of other proposed constitutional changes including a reduction in the voting age to 17 will be put to the electorate in May 2015. The constitutional convention voted last April to recommend a change in the Constitution to allow for same-sex couples to have a full civil marriage and not just a civil partnership. More than 1,500 couples have secured civil partnerships in Ireland since they were introduced in 2010. to read more click here: irishtimes.com
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