The referendum in Ireland was unnecessary?!

I’m glad for the Irish and I can’t quite stomach the idea that a country full of heterosexual people voted on our having human rights. Especially since there were apparently two other ways in the legal system to gain marriage equality.

Irish constitutional scholars (at Marriage Equality):

“What does the Irish Constitution say about marriage?
The Irish Constitution does not define marriage as being between a man and a woman, and so Marriage Equality believe that the Constitution’s definition of “the family” could include same-sex relationships.

The Courts and Marriage: The legal system (ie: our courts) simply interprets the constitutional definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. The Constitution is considered to be a living document, open to interpretation by the judges in the Supreme Court, to reflect the changing values of Irish society. It is, therefore, open to change.

Legislation and Marriage: Legislation was introduced in 2004 (The Civil Registration Act) that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.
This legislation could be amended at any time to define marriage in gender neutral terms.”

I checked the Irish constitution and the above seems to be correct: http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/eng/Historical_Information/The_Constitution/February_2015_-_Constitution_of_Ireland_.pdf

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Aussie MP weds boyfriend. But will it last 5 days?!

Smooch! Aussie MP weds boyfriend in one of the country’s first same-sex weddings— but their High Court might nullify it in 5 days.

That is not as short as a Las Vegas marriage can be, I guess…

These weddings are interesting because the Australian Capital Territory of Canberra has created a partnership called “gay marriage” which is distinct from “marriage.”

Normally I dislike legalese/sophistry, but this is a clever circumvention of the federal law that says marriage is only open to a man and a woman.