IRELAND’S FIRST SAME-SEX MARRIAGES MAY BE DELAYED


Ireland’s historic referendum for marriage equality filled many Irish same-sex couples with a sense of euphoria, but those feelings may now be giving way to frustration with the news that the legislation which will allow the first same-sex marriages may now be pushed back to 2016. The hold up is due to a legal challenge which has been described by opponents as “pointless” and “doomed for failure”. Representatives for the Irish government say they would like to proceed quickly but say their hands are tied until the court proceedings are finalised.