Campaigners on both sides of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum (above). Referendum Commission chairman Mr Justice Kevin Cross has said any law that treated one type of married couple differently would be carefully scrutinised by the courts and would likely only be permitted in exceptional circumstances. Photographs: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Extending marriage rights to same-sex couples would not make it impossible for the State to favour opposite-sex couples in laws on surrogacy or assist(...)

Referendum Commission chairman Kevin Cross responds to questions on the same-sex marriage referendum.

As the same-sex marriage referendum campaign enters its final week, Referendum Commission chairman and High Court judge Mr Justice Kevin Cross respond(...)

Eileen King, Keith Mills and Dr Tom Finegan of Mothers and Fathers Matter at their press conference in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A claustrophic and oppressive atmosphere has been created around the same-sex marriage debate in which people are afraid to speak out in favour of the(...)

Simon Coveney watches as Taoiseach Enda Kenny pins a ‘Yes’ badge onto Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Arguments put forward by the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum have been described as “bogus” by Fine Gael’s director of elections Simon Cov(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says: ‘The clear strategy of the No side is to try and confuse people by bringing emotive but unrelated matters such as parentage and surrogacy into the debate.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Referendum Commission has said that surrogacy and adoption rights will not be affected by the same-sex marriage referendum, regardless of the resu(...)

Referendum Commission chairperson Mr Justice Kevin Cross: “Married couples have constitutional and legal protection, whereas civil partners only have legal protection.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Referendum Commission is to issue a statement within 48 hours further clarifying issues surrounding surrogacy and adoption rights for same-sex co(...)

Mr Justice Kevin Cross,  Referendum Commission chairman, has  warned prospective voters that there is ‘very little time’ left to sign up to the register of electors ahead of next month’s referendums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Referendum Commission has warned prospective voters that there is “very little time” left to sign up to the register of electors ahead of next mon(...)

This case will set a precedent for what should be done when there is a breach of the McKenna Principles, as determined by the Supreme Court, governing the conduct of referendum campaigns.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A seven-judge Supreme Court has unanimously refused to order a re-running of the 2012 Children’s Referendum after finding a Dublin woman had failed to(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald at the launch of Sinn Féin’s Marriage Equality campaign at Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A Yes vote for same-sex marriage would be an affirmation that all Irish citizens should be “free, equal and happy”, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou (...)

The proposed amendment to Article 41 is the insertion of the line: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

What are we voting on? On Friday, May 22nd, voters will be asked whether the Constitution should be changed so as to extend civil marriage right(...)

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