Speaking in the Dáil this evening in the Dáil on the Third Report of the Constitutional Convention on Same Sex Marriage Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald TD commended the work of the Convention and called on government to act on its recommendation to remove any possibility of constitutional discrimination against LGBT citizens by explicitly recognising the equal right of these citizens to civil marriage.
The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said;
“It is important that members of the Dáil commend the work of citizens on the Convention who have given their time and energy. By doing so they have acted as a breath of fresh air across our democratic system.
“Sinn Féin holds the view that the work of the Convention should continue and indeed its remit should be extended to consider the myriad of constitutional matters that must be considered for reform.
“The Convention’s overwhelming support for marriage equality was a real cause for celebration as it marked a landmark moment for equal rights in Ireland.
“In response to the Convention’s recommendation on Marriage Equality Sinn Fein called on the Government to move quickly to set a date for a referendum.
“Government does not intend to hold a referendum on Marriage Equality until 2015 and in the interim period we urge the Justice Minister to ensure the Family Relationships and Children Bill progresses through both houses of the Oireachtas by the end of next year as planned.
“LGBT families exist, for most this is an accepted norm in a modern diverse society. Such families are our friends, our kid’s parents or our relatives. For the convention and indeed for citizens in general it is no longer acceptable to tell these families that they and their kids are less equal than our own.
“Sinn Féin has a long standing position of support for LGBT families in all dimensions of life and indeed law – including the right to civil partnership, legal recognition of same sex marriage, and the equal right to found a family including by adoption.”