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Limerick City Council set to lend its support to same sex marriage

Limerick City Council is set to become the first local authority to formally approve same-sex unions. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Limerick City Council is set to become the first local authority to formally approve same-sex unions. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

  • by Nick Rabbitts
 

LIMERICK City Council looks set to become the first local authority to formally approve same-sex unions since the Constitutional Constituion voted to support marriage equality.

At next Monday’s full council meeting, Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan is proposing that City Council will welcome the announcement by the government that a referendum will be held in 2015. His motion adds: “Limerick City Council supports marriage equality for same-sex couples and hopes such an outcome is reflected in the referendum.”

The motion is also being backed by Fine Gael councillors Maria Byrne, Jim Long, Diarmuid Scully and Michael Hourigan, while Labour’s Tom Shortt and Joe Leddin will also back it.

Similar motions have already been passed at Dublin City Council, Cork City Council and Belfast City Council.

Cllr Quinlivan said: “As an Irish Republican, I look to the 1916 Proclamation as the template for equality as it says ‘to cherish all the children of the nation equally’. Nowhere does it say we must treat gay children, black children or disabled children differently. This is why I’m proposing the motion.”

The council meeting takes place at 4pm on Monday.

 

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