County councillors back same sex marriage referendum

Laois councillors have passed a motion to support a yes vote in the upcoming marriage referendum on May 22, which will allow same sex couples to get married in Ireland.

Laois councillors have passed a motion to support a yes vote in the upcoming marriage referendum on May 22, which will allow same sex couples to get married in Ireland.

Portlaoise Labour Cllr Noel Tuohy proposed the motion, backed by Sinn Féin Cllr Caroline Dwane.

It went unopposed, however chairman Cllr John Joe Fennelly noted the voting choice was “a personal thing for all members and people of Laois”.

Cllr Tuohy urged everyone to vote yes in the referendum.

“I don’t think it’s asking a whole lot of people. We have come a long way since David Norris campaigned in Europe for decriminalising homosexuality. I was heartened by the Taoiseach’s support. We must add our voice and vote, to ensure this isn’t lost by complacency. We all have gay friends, I want them to have the same rights,” he said.

Cllr Dwane added “this is a civil right, I fully support it”.

The wording that will be decided upon by voters in May, the Marriage Equality Bill 2015 will state that

‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex’.”