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Civil Unions signed in Ireland

Timothy Kincaid

July 19th, 2010

From the Irish Times:

The Civil Partnership Bill, which provides legal recognition for same-sex couples in Ireland for the first time, has today been signed into law.

The Bill was signed into law by President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin this morning

It extends marriage-like benefits to gay and lesbian couples in the areas of property, social welfare, succession, maintenance, pensions and tax.

Meanwhile, its neighbor is still talking about full marriage rights. (Pink News)

Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, has said that the government will give gay couples the right to civil marriage.

He predicted that the change would be made before the next general election.

Mr Hughes said a consultation would take place in the coalition government on taking civil partnership to the next level.

Speaking in a video interview, he said: “It would be appropriate in Britain in 2010, 2011, for there to be the ability for civil marriage for straight people and gay people equally.

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Lynn David
July 19th, 2010 | LINK

That’s gotta have Benedict’s bowels in a twist.

Timothy (TRiG)
July 20th, 2010 | LINK

It’s rather odd that I heard this news first here at BTB. I ought to listen to the radio more.

TRiG.

occono
July 20th, 2010 | LINK

^TRiG: Same here.

Greg
July 21st, 2010 | LINK

It would be really, really nice if Ireland would extend immigration benefits with this. My dual-Irish citizen partner and I would be packing up to go permanently, except the civil partnerships can only be entered into if both partners currently have citizenship.

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