The Irish Government’s bill to introduce a minimum age for marriage to 17 has been delayed after it was revealed it would include an amendment that would see the law amended to allow couples to get married in their own state.
The amendment to the Marriage Act which would allow a same-sex couple to marry in their home state was put forward by former Fine Gael minister for health Dr John Collins.
However, it is understood that the amendment has been blocked in the Assembly.
This was due to the fact that the Department of Justice had to sign off on the amendment, but it is now believed that this has now been agreed with the Government.
Mr Collins told The Irish Sun newspaper: “This is a huge, huge bill.
The amendment was initially put forward as part of the Marriage Equality Bill but it was dropped after the Department for Justice objected.”
It is a landmark moment in Irish society and it is also an important moment for our families and our children.”
The amendment was initially put forward as part of the Marriage Equality Bill but it was dropped after the Department for Justice objected.
It is understood there will be a hearing next week where a decision on whether the amendment can be reinstated will be made.
Mr Higgins also confirmed the Government will bring forward amendments to the legislation.
Mr Walsh, the Taoiseach, said: “The Government is taking its first step towards a marriage equality law, which will provide certainty for thousands of couples across the country, but we will need to get the balance right.”
I hope that in time there will still be some ambiguity about what is legal, but I hope that this is a time where people have confidence that they will be able to marry the person they love.
“The amendments will not affect same-day registration of marriages, which the Government said it would work on as part and parcel of the marriage equality bill.