Same-sex couples who travel from Ireland to marry in the England, Wales and Scotland will have their status recognized pending a public vote next year.
A Department of Justice spokesman has confirmed that once a referendum allowing same-sex marriage in Ireland is passed, all foreign unions will be recognized.
‘A same-sex marriage contracted in England or Wales would be recognized as a marriage in Ireland, from the date on which same-sex marriage were to become available here, should be referendum to be held during the first half of 2015 pass,’ the spokesman said.
Prior to the vote, any same-sex marriages will be recognized in Ireland as civil partnerships.
It comes as ‘dozens and dozens’ of Irish gay couples have expressed interest in travelling to England, Wales and Scotland following marriage equality passing there.
Gay and Lesbian Equality Network director Brian Sheehan said he was not surprised by the surge of interest from Irish couples.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said: ‘Until the law is changed in Ireland, many people will go to England, Wales and Scotland, and even to locations such as New York and Spain, in order to get married.
‘So we hope that it won't be too long until gay couples can get married here at home, rather than having to travel abroad.’