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Alan Shatter has spoken in support of gay marriage Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Gay marriage: Shatter joins Gilmore in support

The justice minister has become the second senior Cabinet member to show support for full marriage equality.

ALAN SHATTER HAS become the second senior Government minister to state his support for gay marriage.

Yesterday, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said the “time has come” for full marriage equality, adding: “I believe in gay marriage.”

Justice minister Shatter this morning backed his Cabinet colleague, saying: “There is nothing the Tánaiste said with which I would disagree.”

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Shatter added:

I believe that individuals should be able to get on with their lives freely, where their circumstances don’t detrimentally impact on others [...] I fully support equality.

The Tánaiste yesterday stated that same-sex marriage will be included for consideration by the upcoming constitutional convention.

And Alan Shatter confirmed that the constitution was currently a “difficulty” where the introduction of gay marriage is concerned. He said the issue “needs to be addressed” at the constitutional convention.

Read: Eamon Gilmore: “The time has come on gay marriage”>

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