Defeated divorce opponents are considering a court challenge to Ireland’s vote to legalize divorce, saying the government misused taxpayers’ money to campaign for the referendum.
Voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing divorce by little more than 9,000 ballots out of more than 1.6 million cast Friday, the closest such vote in Irish history.
Anti-divorce campaigners blamed their loss on government-funded, pro-divorce advertisements that the Supreme Court ruled illegal Nov. 17.
They have seven days to consult lawyers about a challenge before the amendment - which legalizes divorces for couples after at least four years of separation - is signed by President Mary Robinson. Political analysts, however, give a challenge little hope of succeeding.
The ads were ordered by Prime Minister John Bruton, who led the pro-divorce campaign.
They were withdrawn after the Supreme Court ruled that they constituted “unauthorized interference with the democratic process.”