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Irish Eyes are Smiling on Gay Couples

Timothy Kincaid

March 31st, 2008

The Irish government is in the process of determining the method it will employ to recognize gay couples. Meanwhile, support for marriage equality has increased in Ireland. Currently,

  • 58% favor allowing marriage in registry offices
  • 26% favor civil partnerships but do not favor marriage
  • 16% do not favor either

Pinknews reports on the expected governmental decision.

The Irish government has ruled out gay marriage, claiming that it would require a change to the country’s constitution and a potentially divisive referendum.

Justice Minister Brian Lenihan is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships at the end of this month.

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Jason D
April 1st, 2008 | LINK

a step in the right direction.

I see this continuing outside the US, which will eventually become a problem in the US.

With our “global” economy and all the ambassadors and what not — we’ll eventually find ourselves in a situation where our country is stunted by this. Dignitaries may not wish to come to America because we do not recognize their partners as part of their familiy. Corporations may not wish to continue their “American” branches because of this, or may run into other problems.
Just need the wife of a lesbian ambassador from South Africa to go into the hospital somewhere in the US, that would be enough to spark a problem.

We rely a lot on imports and foreign labor, this is going to get ugly if we don’t get our butts in gear and grow up.

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