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Gilmore calls for referendum on same sex marriage


How would you vote in a referendum on same sex marriage?

  • In Favour

    Votes: 200 64.1%
  • Against

    Votes: 95 30.4%
  • Don't know

    Votes: 17 5.4%

  • Total voters
    312
  • Poll closed .


sic transit

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Indeed it has the potential to get into unpleasant territory and the Constitutional Convention will have their work cut out trying to untangle potential issues.
 

drjimryan2

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the referendum commission will have to be seriously sorted before any new polls are planned......
 

cillian32

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Gilmores right .....its the only way to deal with it.
 

Half Nelson

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Will we see a government "information" booklet and website?
How many charities will queue up for funding?
Will the Troika lend us another E1.1m?
Can you define 'referendum'?
Is the SC busy that week?
 

sic transit

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What issues do you forsee, sic?
The status of a single sex family versus the current constitutional position of the family and all the associated mad theories that go hand in hand with it is the main one. That's said it's a real hornets nest and subject to all the moral outrage that can be mustered.
 

ShoutingIsLeadership

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The status of a single sex family versus the current constitutional position of the family and all the associated mad theories that go hand in hand with it is the main one. That's said it's a real hornets nest and subject to all the moral outrage that can be mustered.
If put to a referendum, should the government stay out of it and just leave interested parties to slog it out?
 
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this will be interesting, will be amusing to see the religious fanatics frothing at the mouth on this one...... <insert Michael Jackon eating popcorn gif>
 

Plebian

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The status of a single sex family versus the current constitutional position of the family and all the associated mad theories that go hand in hand with it is the main one. That's said it's a real hornets nest and subject to all the moral outrage that can be mustered.
Seriously, who the hell is going to be outraged bar John Waters, Dana and Co. Just put the propostion together and put it to the people. Human rights, mom and apple pie, it's done.
 

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the referendum commission will have to be seriously sorted before any new polls are planned......
I see little difficulty with that at all. Just restrict the role of the Commission to publish and advertise that the referendum is taking place and the wording of the amendment, and to encourage people to vote.

Any attempt by them to present both sides of the argument or to provide any commentary at all will be seen as biased by someone.

Leave the debate on the meaning and merits of the referendum to the political parties, individual politicians, media organisations, charitable or issue based bodies, and so on.

As to a referendum on equal marriage rights for homosexual couples, I would prefer if the Government simply legislated for it. I see little need for a referendum given the lack of any definitive judgement from the SC on this matter.

On Gilmore: this is just another bit of guff from him. He knows that kicking it into the Constitutional Convention is to kick it deep into touch. By the time it gets out of that process he is unlikely to still be a significant figure at the cabinet table.
 

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If put to a referendum, should the government stay out of it and just leave interested parties to slog it out?
The individual members of Governments or the parties in Government are free to campaign, just not using public monies to do so.
 

SayItAintSo

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Seriously, who the hell is going to be outraged bar John Waters, Dana and Co. Just put the propostion together and put it to the people. Human rights, mom and apple pie, it's done.
David Quinn, Breda Power, to name but two. Both very accomplished media performers that cannot be tarred with a 'nutty religious brush'.
 

Thady Quill

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This is more of Gilmore's hypocrisy, the man whose party opposed blood sports but had no problem supporting stag hunting.
The Labour Party's founders were concerned with "those who work with hand or brain," yet its present leaders are more concerned with the mocha drinkers of South Dublin than those who are forced to "take the boat".
Why not a second amendment on Saturday? Is it because Dame Edna & co are against the idea and Gilmore has not the cohones to say so?
I would vote Yes to an amendment but gay marriage is not the most important civil right in the country.
 

sic transit

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Seriously, who the hell is going to be outraged bar John Waters, Dana and Co. Just put the propostion together and put it to the people. Human rights, mom and apple pie, it's done.
Nah. You've obviously never seen an abortion referendum. It's the same moral area for some and this one has the equally emotive family at the centre of it. Expect all manner of threats of damnation and claims of low moral standards.
 

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