Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (400, 401)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

400. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 24 of 27 February 2014, if parishes will be forced to rent out their halls to same-sex couples for their wedding receptions as distinct from the ceremonies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11598/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

401. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 24 of 27 February 2014, if Christian professionals like wedding photographers will be forced to work at same-sex marriages if asked; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11599/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 400 and 401 together.

I do not plan to introduce any exemptions from the generality of the equality code in relation to same-sex marriage. The Equal Status Acts 2000-2012 promote equality and prohibit discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the grounds of sexual orientation and civil status, subject to certain exemptions.