Just thought I would draw attention to this in the mature topics forum, as it may of interest to some members. Ireland currently does not offer same sex marriage. Legally, only civil partnerships are recognised. It is my understanding that the first civil partnership did not take place in Ireland until 2011.
Ireland will hold a referendum on 22nd May to decide if it is time to legalise same sex marriage, and if it is time to offer this right of marriage to same sex couples. I personally will be voting yes. While I am a straight man, I am of the belief that Ireland is well beyond an era when gay marriage should be condemned in the manner in which it was in the past. A significant number of people I have spoken to share this view, and based on my understanding from the media and from speaking to others, this referendum will see same sex marriage being passed into law.
I get the impression from when I was looking through the site as a non-member, and now as a member, that there a fair few gay/lesbian people on the site who may be interested in the debate which is taking place in Ireland at the moment. (And indeed I'm sure straight people like myself may want to take a look at this too). The debate is certainly heating up, and both sides are now currently putting forward their arguments. At this stage, the Minister for Health and Children, Leo Varadkar has come out and asked both sides to keep it civil, as various allegations are now being made of removing the other sides posters from streets around the country.
This article in the Irish Times reflects my views on the no side's arguments and their campaign posters, and I consider it a very well written and constructive article: http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/no...tive-1.2186624
Also of interest is today's debate in the Irish Times which gives the opinions of both sides from the perspective of adult children raised by gay couples: http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/ha...ndum-1.2186482
If there are other Irish people out there in particular who would like to give an opinion or offer views from their understanding, it would be interesting to read these.
Hope the above is of interest anyway!