Government changes Irish wording of same-sex marriage vote

Government changes Irish wording of same-sex marriage vote

The Government is changing the wording of the Irish version of the referendum on Same Sex Marriage.

It follows concerns that the wording in Irish could inadvertently make it unconstitutional for a man and woman to marry each other.

The original wording in Irish said two people could marry, irrespective of whether they were both men or women - but may have accidentally outlawed marriages between people of the opposite sex.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the change is just to ensure complete clarity on the wording.

"Those who are competent in technical and high-standard Irish were perfectly happy with the first wording that they bought in- but this actually gives greater clarity," he said.

He said it clarified approval or rejection of "marriage between same-sex people without any difficulty".


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