Govt defers decision on same-sex marriage referendum
on 30/10/2013 13:16:55
Ministers had been expected to sign off today on a plan that would have seen a referendum take place, probably in 2015.
This would have comfortably met next week's deadline to respond to the Constitutional Convention report which recommenced extending marriage rights to all couples, a move that would require a referendum.
But at today's Cabinet meeting Taoiseach Enda Kenny asked for the issue to be deferred for another week, to allow him consult more with members of the Fine Gael party.
Speaking in Dublin this lunchtime, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore - who says marriage equality is the civil rights issue of our time - insisted the matter remains on the Cabinet agenda and will be discussed next week when Ministers have more time.