John M. Becker

Ahead of Vote, Polls Show Ireland Supports Equal Marriage

Filed By John M. Becker | September 18, 2014 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Ireland, marriage equality, referendum, same-sex marriage

ireland-map.jpgNext year, as we've reported here at Bilerico, Ireland will hold a nationwide referendum on the issue of marriage equality.

Ahead of the vote, a poll conducted last month by the Sunday Times found that an overwhelming majority of the Irish people support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Pink News reports:

A poll in Ireland has found that 86% of people approve of same-sex relationships. The poll - conducted by the Sunday Times - surveyed 954 people, and found overwhelming support for same-sex couples...

Kieran Rose, of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network said: "This is another welcome demonstration of the transformation in attitudes to lesbian and gay people and of the generosity of Irish voters in their willingness to extend equal status and dignity to lesbian and gay people and lesbian and gay headed families...

"The widespread public support for more almost 1,500 civil partnerships that have already been celebrated all across Ireland and the growing political and public support shows that Ireland is ready for the next step in the 20 year journey to civil marriage and full Constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people and families."

Just in case you're skeptical of the poll -- I know I was, given Ireland's staunchly Catholic history and reputation -- it appears to be in line with other recent polls released in February and April, both of which found that marriage equality enjoys clear majority support.

Here's hoping that that support strengthens even further, and that when voters go to the polls next year, Ireland decides to join the right side of history and embrace the freedom to marry.

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