Ireland set to join the marriage club?

ROI flagIrish ‘prime minister’, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced that a referendum over whether to allow same-sex marriage will be held in the spring of 2015.

He made the statement in the Dáil yesterday evening. Most countries which have introduced same-sex marriage have not used referenda but made the subject a vote of elected parliamentarians.

Enda has previously said that his government would campaign for same-sex marriage in such a referendum.

Same-sex marriages have started to be held in Wales and England, and will begin to be conducted in Scotland later this year.  However in Northern Ireland the Stormont Assembly has blocked them in three separate votes over the last two years.

Ireland: 10% quit work due to discrimination

ROI flagOne in ten bisexual and gay people in the Republic of Ireland have quit a job because of discrimination, and three times as many report they have been harassed at work, according to new research.

“Working It Out: Driving Business Excellence by Understanding Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Workplace Experiences” published yesterday by GLEN, the Republic’s equivalent of Stonewall, gives a mixed picture, with the majority of the 600 respondents saying they were out about being bisexual or gay at work.

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