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Accordingly, he found that there was no sustainable basis for the applicant's submission that the law which prohibited her from marrying a party of the same biological sex as herself, was a violation of her constitutional right to marry.In May 2015, Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage on a national level by popular vote.The New York Times hailed the victory as putting Ireland at the "vanguard of social change".In 1988, Norris took a case to the European Court of Human Rights to argue that Irish law was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Ireland, ruled that the criminalisation of male homosexuality in the Republic violated Article 8 of the Convention, which guarantees the right to privacy in personal affairs.The Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) decriminalised male homosexuality five years later, when the Minister for Justice, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, in the 1992–1994 Fianna Fáil—Labour Coalition Government included decriminalisation with an equal age of consent (an equal age of consent was not required by the ECHR ruling) in a bill to deal with various sexual offences.

In support of her claim, she relied on case law from the ECHR.Judge Mc Kechnie J noted that in Ireland it is crucial that parties to a marriage be of the opposite biological sex.The relevant legislation was the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, and the 1885 Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, both enacted by the Parliament of the United Kingdom before Irish independence, and having been repealed in England and Wales in 1967, Scotland in 1980 and Northern Ireland in 1982.In 1983, David Norris took a case to the Supreme Court seeking to challenge the constitutionality of these laws but was unsuccessful. Attorney General judgement (delivered by a 3–2 majority), the court referred to the "Christian and democratic nature of the Irish State" and argued that criminalisation served public health and the institution of marriage.Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993, and most forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation are now outlawed.Ireland also forbids incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation.None of the parties represented in the Oireachtas opposed decriminalisation.Coincidentally, the task of signing the bill decriminalising male homosexual acts fell to the then President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, an outspoken defender of gay rights who as a barrister and Senior Counsel had represented Norris in his Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights case.