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Constitutional Convention to vote on same-sex marriage today

The convention has been meeting this weekend to discuss the issue of same-sex marriage.

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A VOTE ON same-sex marriage in Ireland will be undertaken by the Constitutional Convention today – and the result will be passed on as a recommendation to the Oireachtas.

The vote will be on whether or not to recommend a referendum to provide for same-sex marriage in the Irish Constitution.

The Convention on the Constitution is a forum of 100 people, with an independent chairman. It was established to consider and make recommendations on certain topics as possible future amendments to the Constitution, and its work is to be completed within 12 months.

The Constitutional Convention has been meeting this Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday saw discussion between both sides of the issue of same-sex marriage, while much of this morning has been taken up discussing the wording of the ballot paper.

A ballot will be taken amongst members at 11.45am and the result will be announced at 12.45pm.

The convention, which can be watched online, received over 1,000 submissions on the this weekend’s event.

LGBT rights group LGBT noise is to hold a ‘kiss-in’ today to mark the result of the convention’s vote. The kiss-in, which is open to people of all orientations, is described as “a fun, inclusive, public display of affection and visibility of LGBT couples that is set to coincide with a critical moment in the history and future of LGBT rights in Ireland”.

It will take place on South King St, just off Grafton St outside the Gaiety Theatre, from 12.30pm. It is expected that Buzz O’Neill, the music promoter who was injured in a homophobic attack last weekend, will speak at the event.

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