Irish News & Information article The Government will introduce a bill today which will remove the legal requirement for a marriage to be performed on the first Sunday of October.
It comes after a series of high-profile cases in which couples have been forced to marry on a Sunday after the date of a Supreme Court ruling which they claimed is unconstitutional.
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said: ‘The bill would bring clarity to all those who have been in a position to make the decision to wed.’
The bill will be a milestone for all those involved in this very important legal and cultural matter.’
The proposed legislation is part of a series measures designed to ensure all Irish people have the same rights.
It will remove a requirement that people have to be in a relationship for at least one year before a marriage can be contracted.
It also will allow for same-sex couples to be married in the same ceremony, and a number of other measures.
Mr Shatter is expected to announce the bill at a press conference tomorrow morning.
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