The Irish woman who has been the focus of a global online campaign has made a breakthrough proposal that could see her married in the near future.
Katherine Kelly, a former schoolteacher and an independent who is the first woman to marry in the country, made the proposal to Irish newspaper The Irish Times in the hope that it would have the desired effect.
“I have the right to marry someone of my choice, and I would be able to share the joys of our marriage with others,” she said.
“It would be my first time being married in Ireland and I want to share my experience with others so that it will be the norm in the future.”
Ms Kelly, from New Ross, Co Kerry, said her marriage proposal was based on the principles of the Catholic Church and the Church of England.
“This is not about me or my family.
The Church says that is marriage and that’s what we believe.””
I believe in equal marriage, and that marriage is between one man and one woman.”
The Church says that is marriage and that’s what we believe.
“In 2012, a proposal by Ms Kelly to marry a man who donated sperm to her and a woman who donated blood to her in the UK was rejected.
The couple, who live in Co Roscommon, Co Tipperary, said they were still waiting to receive the proposal.
The issue of gay marriage in Ireland was not discussed during the campaign, which was launched by The Irish Herald and featured a video of Ms Kelly and her partner kissing.
The proposal is the latest example of a growing push to have gay marriage legalised in Ireland.
The government is considering legislation which would allow same-sex couples to marry, including a constitutional amendment.
In January, the Supreme Court struck down a legal challenge to the introduction of same-gender civil unions.
In July, the Irish Supreme Court ruled that civil unions cannot be treated as marriage by the state.