Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has welcomed clarity on the wording of the upcoming referendum on marriage equality and pledged his party’s support for passing the referendum.
Speaking following a briefing with the Justice Minister, Deputy Martin commented, “For Fianna Fáil, the upcoming referendum is a question of equality – whether we as a society believe that those in gay relationships should be afforded the same security and respect as those in heterosexual relationships. Fianna Fáil’s answer to that question is Yes, that all our citizens are equal. We will be mobilising our organisation across the country in support of that most basic Republican proposition – the entitlement to equality on the part of every Irish citizen.
“I believe that the decision to propose an additional article to the Constitution is the correct one and should allay any genuine concerns about changing existing provisions and protections.
“We will be engaging in a constructive and respectful debate, acknowledging that there are those who approach this question with genuinely held misgivings and working to address those concerns and answer any questions people may have.”