Legal Evolution of Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland

Agnieszka Targońska

Abstract


The legalization of same-sex relationships has always been a controversial subject. Ireland is a good example of such a case, which decided to legalize same-sex marriages following a referendum held in 2015. Conclusions which stem from the Irish experience in this matter can provide valuable lessons for those countries that have not yet legalized one-sex marriages. The subject of this article is an analysis of the path that Ireland has undertaken to legalize same-sex marriages and an indication of current Irish regulations concerning these marriages. The aim is to discuss legal evolution of the institution of same-sex marriages in Ireland and its consequences for the constitutional order and social perception of the Irish citizens. Due to the fact that there is a lack of complex legal research of this subject in Poland, this article constitutes a gap-filling study. The article has a scientific and research character and may constitute a contribution to further legal considerations on the issue of same-sex marriages in the EU states.


Keywords


same-sex relationships; referendum; same-sex marriages

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17951/sil.2022.31.2.229-244
Data publikacji: 2022-06-22 09:37:31
Data złożenia artykułu: 2021-04-15 19:18:57


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