Ireland to vote on removing ‘outmoded’ references to women from constitution

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DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland plans to hold a referendum in November to delete references to a woman’s place being in the home from its constitution, the government announced on Wednesday. While a wave of social change in the once deeply Catholic nation has seen the 86-year-old constitution amended in recent years to remove bans on abortion and permit same-sex marriage, “outmoded” references to womens’ role in society remain. Article 41.2 says the state recognises that “by her life within the home, woman gives to the state a support without which the common good cannot be achieved” and that “moth…

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