Irish ‘prime minister’, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced that a referendum over whether to allow same-sex marriage will be held in the spring of 2015.
He made the statement in the Dáil yesterday evening. Most countries which have introduced same-sex marriage have not used referenda but made the subject a vote of elected parliamentarians.
Enda has previously said that his government would campaign for same-sex marriage in such a referendum.
Same-sex marriages have started to be held in Wales and England, and will begin to be conducted in Scotland later this year. However in Northern Ireland the Stormont Assembly has blocked them in three separate votes over the last two years.