The Irish Republic is set to vote in a referendum on same-year same-day marriage this week, as the government has pledged to put forward legislation to allow people to marry in their own home, after the last Irish marriage equality referendum in 2007.
The new marriage equality bill will be introduced at a meeting of the cabinet on Monday.
In 2007, around 2,500 couples applied for marriage licenses in the Republic, but only 1,800 were approved in a vote, which is expected to be a significant drop on the number of couples who applied.
Minister for Justice and Equality, Michael McGrath, said in a statement that the new bill would allow couples to marry within their own homes and would allow people who had already registered to apply for marriage.
He added that people would be able to apply to marry at their home and be given the opportunity to apply again.
This will be the first time a constitutional change to the law has been proposed for this reason.
However, the bill will need to be approved by a majority of the Cabinet.
The Constitutional Convention, the body that drafts the laws, has agreed that the bill should go to a referendum and that it should not be put before parliament.
The referendum will take place on January 11, 2019.
This is the first referendum in Ireland on marriage equality since 2007, when around 2.5 million people voted in favour of same-gender marriage.
The vote saw the number decline to 1.9 million votes, but this number was not included in the referendum tally.
A similar referendum on the same issue was held in 2012.
The country has not had same-fertility laws since 1973.
Ireland is the only country in the EU that does not recognise same-age civil unions.
This means that married couples cannot be allowed to enter into a civil union, although the Republic has made the law allowing civil unions permanent.
This legislation will also allow people living together in the same household to legally enter into civil unions, but the state has refused to allow them to do so.
The current law allows same- gender couples to legally marry in the event that one of them dies before they can marry.
The bill was originally set to be voted on at the beginning of next year, but a final date has not yet been set.
Marriage equality has been the subject of fierce debate since the last referendum in 2014.
This year, a parliamentary committee said that the country’s constitution does not guarantee marriage equality.
It said that while the law could be amended to give civil unions to same- sex couples, it would be up to the public to determine whether they were compatible with the Republic’s constitution.