Marriage equality is coming to Ireland — just a little more slowly than in surrounding countries.
A pending referendum would allow Ireland to recognize marriages that were performed in other countries. Currently, gay couples who marry abroad are considered to have a “civil partnership” by the Irish government.
This is a big deal because marriage equality is coming to England, Scotland, and Wales in the next few months. Irish couples wouldn’t have to travel far to wed. In order to marry on the first possible date, couples would just need to declare their intention to wed by March 13. Marriages will begin on March 29.
But as always, the wheels of governance are turning slowly on the proposal. The soonest it could be heard is 2015.
And of course, it would be far easier if the couples could just marry in their own country. But such proposals have been voted down by legislators several times in Northern Ireland, and won’t be heard by legislators in the Republic of Ireland until next year. A survey in 2012 showed about 75 percent for marriage equality.
Meanwhile, support continues to grow for Panty Bliss, the Irish drag queen who bared her soul about bullying. If you haven’t watched this already, what are you waiting for?