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Holmes and Bacik launch Labour's Marriage Equality Bill

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 05:19 PM

Senator Ivana Bacik and Cllr Eoin Holmes - Senator Ivana Bacik and Cllr Eoin Holmes, our candidate in the Meath East byelection, launching our Marriage Equality Bill
Senator Ivana Bacik and Cllr Eoin Holmes, our candidate in the Meath East byelection, launching our Marriage Equality Bill

This morning we were in Meath East with our byelection candidate Cllr Eoin Holmes and Senator Ivana Bacik launching our Marriage Equality Bill.

Download the wording of the Bill from here.

The Civil Registration (Marriage Equality) Bill will remove a specific reference to gender from the legislation that faciltiates civil marriages.

Speaking about the Bill Cllr Eoin Holmes said: "Gay and lesbian people in Ireland have been to the fore in bringing about social change through their courage in coming forward and bring true to themselves." He called on voters in the Meath East byelection to vote for a 'more modern, liberal and tolerant Ireland' by giving their support to Labour.

Senator Ivana Bacik said: "Allowing same sex marriage is a core Labour principle. We are proud to be pioneering this legislation, just as Labour was to the fore int eh decriminalisation of homosexuality over 20 years ago and by pushing for civil unions in advance of the introduction of civil partnership in 2010."

You can read the full press statement in our media centre and you can read the wording of the Bill from this link. We also have more images from the launch on Flickr

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