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This is what Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum will ask

Nick Duffy January 21, 2015
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Ireland’s cabinet has agreed on more of the details for the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage, and has decided on a final question.

The Republic of Ireland is set to hold a referendum in May on the issue – with early polls showing an overwhelming majority in favour of equality

The Irish Cabinet met today to agree on the final phrasing of the question that will be put to voters – which is often a key battleground in ballots, as wording can sometimes influence results.

Voters will be asked to tick ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the question – so it is important that the meaning is clear as possible.

The exact wording will be: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex”.

The wording contrasts with the clearer phrasing adopted in Scotland’s independence referendum, when voters were asked: “Do you think that Scotland should become an independent country?”

A second referendum will be held at the same time – on reducing the minimum age for presidential candidates from 35 to 21.

Ministers have also promised to enact legislation to allow for same-sex adoption.

The Children and Family Relationships Bill is due to be published next month, which will allow gay couples to adopt together for the first. Currently, they can apply to adopt individually.

Recent polls have suggested around a 70% support for same-sex marriage in Ireland. Actor Colin Farrell recently confirmed his support for it “with every fibre of my being”.

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