Irish Taoiseach vows to ‘campaign strongly’ for marriage equality

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Ahead of a referendum on same-sex marriage this year, the Irish Taoiseach has vowed to “campaign strongly” for a yes vote.

Enda Kenny responded to the idea that he was opposed to gay and lesbian couples marrying to say: “Perception is not often reality.”

Speaking to the Star, he added: “In respect of the marriage equality issue, I have already indicated that I expect to campaign strongly for a Yes vote on that.”

The Irish government last month cleared the way for a referendum on same-sex marriage to take place in May 2015.

An April ballot had previously thought to be the favoured option, however referendums on same-sex marriage, as well as reducing the minimum age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21 will take place on an as-yet unspecified date in May.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny made the announcement, saying: “The Cabinet gave approval to hold the referenda, and both referenda will happen on the one day in the month of May 2015. The Government did not fix a final date.”