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The History of Marriage Equality in IrelandA Social Revolution Begins$
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Sonja Tiernan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526145994

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526146007

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Preparing for a revolution

Preparing for a revolution

(p.79) 7 Preparing for a revolution
The History of Marriage Equality in Ireland

Sonja Tiernan

Manchester University Press

An overview of the Constitutional Convention which was established to ensure ‘participative democracy’ in considering changes to the Irish Constitution. This chapter examines how in April 2013 delegates overwhelmingly called for a constitutional change to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples and, significantly, to include amendments for parental rights in this regard. The chapter also describes the beginning of a great controversy, popularly referred to as ‘Pantigate’, which placed the issue of marriage equality centre stage in an open debate about homophobia.

Keywords:   Constitutional Convention, Catholic Communications Office, Family Relationships and Children Bill, Pantigate

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