Irish gay marriage referendum: Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness will be voting 'No'
John McGuinness has said he will not back his party's decision on the marriage referendum and will be voting 'No' on Friday.
Fianna Fáil have been publicly endorsing a Yes vote in the equality referendum taking place on Friday and party officials have announced it is not allowing a vote of conscience which it did for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.
Mr McGuinness told his party that he would not be seeking a 'Yes' vote in his constituency, at a parliamentary meeting in Co. Kilkenny last week and a number of other members are said to have supported the TD.
A spokesman for Fianna Fail said: “Fianna Fáil policy on the Marriage Equality Referendum is clear – we are advocating and campaigning for a strong YES vote.
“We have been responsible for the introduction of every major piece of equality legislation for gay people in the country’s history and see this referendum as the next logical step in that work.
“The party also supported the enabling legislation in Dáil and Seanad Éireann. Ultimately, each individual in the party will vote in private and make that decision themselves, but the party’s policy, decided at Ard Fheis and confirmed by the Party’s Front Bench is very clear.”