Labour publishes draft law to allow same-sex civil marriage
So we finally have proposed legislation on marriage equality, albeit proposed by a Senator rather than Government, and therefore unlikely to actually become law. Interesting to force the hands of Oireachtas members into a vote though.
It also happens that today is the last day for submissions to the Constitutional Convention on marriage equality, which they will discuss next month. I expect the formal position of many people in response to Bacik's Bill will be to kick the can and say that it's a matter for the Constitutional Convention. But of course that only works if you agree that there's a constitutional prohibition on marriage equality in the first place, which many do not.
Also interesting in the context of the US, where the SC could decide in June that prohibitions on marriage equality breach the US Constitution. If they do, it's difficult to see how long Ireland, or indeed most western countries, would hold out denying marriage equality.
(NB - I know some posters will be delighted with the opportunity for some Bacik bashing, but perhaps we can stick to the actual issue)