Speaking today from Dublin, where he is attending the Pride Parade, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said that the Government must set the date for the marriage equality referendum.
Deputy Adams also commended the organisers of the Dublin Pride Festival, which he said was ‘another positive step towards a more equal society’.
“This Government has committed to holding the referendum in 2015. I am calling on them to set the date. The right to marry is of huge significance and it would not be denied to the LGBT community in any real republic.
“I am very pleased to be attending today’s Dublin Pride Parade.
“As an Irish republican party, equality for all citizens is at the core of Sinn Fein’s political approach. Nothing less than full equality of rights before the law for the LGBT community should be tolerated in a genuine republic.
“On Thursday, Sinn Féin launched the party’s LGBT rights document, Equality, Diversity, Solidarity – Fighting with PRIDE for LGBT rights in Ireland. In those proposals Sinn Féin outlined its commitment to LGBT equality in Ireland.
“Sinn Féin will continue to work in solidarity with the LGBT community to support equal rights and create positive change in Irish society.
“Finally, I want to commend those involved in the organization of the Dublin Pride festival and hope everyone enjoys today’s events, which are another positive step towards a more equal society”