A new survey of 2,000 people has found that Irish people are split over whether same-gender marriage is a valid legal option.
The survey by TNS/Observer found that 71% of people believe it should be legal, while 17% think it should not be legal and 11% are undecided.
The Irish Times has been following the progress of same-age marriage across the country since it was introduced in 2013.
The poll found that 77% of the public believe it is a good thing that the age of consent in Ireland is now 18.
It is not known whether the majority of people in Ireland are opposed to the idea of a similar age of legal consent for same-aged couples.
But the survey showed that many people feel that a change in age of sexual consent will affect their own sexual identity and affect their ability to have children.
The National Parents Organisation said that the poll revealed the “increasing acceptance of same sex relationships” in Ireland.
The NPA said the “growing recognition of same sexual activity and sexual intimacy between adults, as well as children, has created a more accepting society, where people are more accepting of the different orientations, genders and abilities of people who live together”.
“The NPOA believes that the time for debate is now, when the future of marriage is in the hands of the people of Ireland,” NPA head of policy, David McBride, said.
Same-sex couples have the same rights and duties as heterosexual couples in the country, as do same- sex couples in civil partnerships.”
The survey also shows that the majority support the idea that the right of same age consent is for everyone.”
Same-sex couples have the same rights and duties as heterosexual couples in the country, as do same- sex couples in civil partnerships.
But same- age marriage was brought in in 2011 by then-prime minister Enda Kenny, who had been in opposition and had vowed to scrap the age limit.
The number of people under the age 18 having sex increased by 12% between 2013 and 2016, according to the census.
The increase is mainly due to the introduction of a ‘cohabitation benefit’ introduced by the government.
The benefit, which costs up to €40 per week, allows gay and lesbian couples who are already married to get married without having to pay any tax on their income.
The rise in the number of same gender couples living together also coincided with the introduction in 2015 of the first of two new laws that brought marriage equality to the country.
These were the Equality Act 2015 and the Equality (Same Sex Couples) Amendment (Marriage) Act 2016.
The Equality Act allowed same- gender couples to marry, but the amendment allowed same sex couples to be married without the need to prove they were legally married.
The same laws also saw the introduction for the first time of the Equality and Diversity Measures in the 2013 Budget.
The government said the measures were aimed at “helping families and young people, including those who are LGBTI, find a greater sense of belonging and belonging”.
But many people in the gay community in Ireland, including some who had not previously had any contact with the LGBTI community, said that these measures were discriminatory and hurt their sense of self-worth and identity.
The new law, which has been widely praised by Irish politicians, will now come into effect in 2018.
In April this year, Ireland became the third country in Europe to pass legislation allowing same-year same-date marriage.