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Judge Mc Kechnie J noted that in Ireland it is crucial that parties to a marriage be of the opposite biological sex.The judge noted that Article 12 of the ECHR is equally predicated.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.The judge concluded that the right to marry is not absolute and has to be evaluated in the context of several other rights including the rights of society.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.None of the parties represented in the Oireachtas opposed decriminalisation.
The two cases were consolidated and were heard in April 2007.
The New York Times hailed the victory as putting Ireland at the "vanguard of social change".
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in the state.
Government recognition of LGBT rights in Ireland has expanded greatly over the past two decades.
Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993, and most forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation are now outlawed.