Justice Minister Alan Shatter has become the most senior Fine Gaeler to come out in favour of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples.
He said civil partnerships did not go far enough and parental rights of gay parents need to be reformed.
“A democratic republic that professes a commitment to the principle of
equal citizenship should not continue to prevent same-sex couples from
entering into a legal partnership that is legally recognised and
designated as being a marriage,” Mr Shatter said as he launched a report
by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network.
Mr Shatter said issues connected with parental rights of gay parents would be modernised in upcoming legislation.
The Constitutional Convention will discuss the issue of same-sex marriage in April.