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Gilmore praised for equality role
24 May 2015 22:10
Mark Kelly of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has called for the "swift enactment of the necessary legislation so that same sex marriages can actually start to happen."
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Mr Kelly was speaking at a joint press conference held by the leaders of the three civil society groups behind the Yes Equality Campaign: The ICCL, Gay and Lesbain Equality, and Marriage Equality, alongside the co-directors of the campaign.
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The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton told RTÉ News the draft legislation was ready and that it had been fully discussed at cabinet.
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Ms Burton said: "I hope that we will be able to put it before the Dáil and Seanad as soon as possible, and the aim would be to have it completed before the Dáil rises for the summer."
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She added the law requires that people who get married in Ireland are required to give a number of months’ notice.
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"And so I anticipate and hope that we will be seeing a lot of marriage celebrations both gay and straight in the autumn", she added.
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Ms Burton also said Ireland is now a nation of inclusion and diversity, following the passing of the marriage referendum.
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Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics, she praised the role of her predecessor Eamon Gilmore in putting marriage equality on the Government agenda.
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She said the former Labour Party leader played a key role.
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The Department of Justice published a draft of the General Scheme of Marriage Bill 2015 in March.
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The department now intends to publish the marriage bill itself shortly.
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This will have to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas.
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It is the department’s Intention that it will be enacted before the summer recess.
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Mr Gilmore said Ireland has an obligation to use what he called the mandate from Yes decision in the referendum to become international advocates of gay rights.
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Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, Mr Gilmore also said the Government needed to address the concerns of the No campaign regarding the issue of surrogacy and also called for legislation to deal with the area of commercial surrogacy.
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