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Gay Irish couples can marry soon

DUBLIN – Some of Ireland’s gay couples planning a civil partnership may receive a surprisingly fast upgrade to marriage.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald announced Monday that the bill to legalize gay marriage, after its landslide approval in Friday’s referendum, should be passed before lawmakers’ planned July 16 summer recess.

She says as part of the law, those gay couples already scheduled to be wed in civil partnership ceremonies after the...


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