I Do: From next Monday as final step taken to welcome same-sex marriage to Ireland
Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald has signed the commencement order for the Marriage Act 2015, which will enable same-sex couples to marry in Ireland. The accompanying regulation, under the Civil Registration Act 2002, was signed by Tánaiste Joan Burton.
— Frances Fitzgerald (@FitzgeraldFrncs) November 10, 2015
Meaning from next Monday, 16 November, same-sex couples can give full notice of their intention to marry. Those who have already given notice for a civil partnership will be able to get married instead.
— The Labour Party (@labour) November 10, 2015
It will give effect to last May's referendum in which 62% voted in favour of same-sex marriage. Since then, 187 same-sex couples have registered to have a civil partnership. Those who have been married abroad will automatically have their marriage recognised here. Existing civil partnerships won't automatically be recognised as marriage, unless the couple chooses to marry, in those cases the civil partnership will be dissolved. They will only have to give five days notice of their intention to marry and will pay €50 rather than €200.
A total of 1,201,607 people (62.1%) voted yes in the referendum, while 734,300 (37.9%) voted no. More people voted in the same-sex marriage referendum than in any other since the foundation of the State.
— Brian Sheehan (@brianatglen) November 10, 2015
More than 1.9 million voters turned out, compared with just over 1.8 million who voted in 2004 in the poll to restrict Irish citizenship.