Monday, October 29, 2007

Irish lawmakers to move forward on civil-union proposal

Ireland's Labour Party has announced plans to re-introduce legislation that would establish civil-union recognition for same-sex couples.

The Labour proposal, to be brought before the Dáil (parliament) next week, would provide same-sex couples with the same legal and financial benefits as traditional marriage.

Similar legislation was introduced early this year, but after debating the measure the Dáil agreed to postpone further action for 6 months at the request of the government.

In announcing plans to revive the legislation, the Labour Party called attention to the support the proposal had received from Ireland's major political parties, noting that those who had sought immediate approval for the bill earlier this year now constitute a majority in the Dáil.

Labour officials also took note of the government's promise to allow early consideration of the measure.

Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern announced in July that his government "is committed to providing a more supportive and secure legal environment for same-sex couples."

Ahern said that legislation allowing for recognition of civil partnerships would be introduced "at the earliest possible date." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Civil partnership legislation and practice doesn't seem to have created any problem in UK - though the hierarchy has expressed some strange opinions about it. They suggest it destabilises (heterosexual) marriage. I've not yet found a hetero male or female who feels destabilised just because of "legalisation."

Anyway, this contract between same sex partners is not marriage. For believers it may well be a formalising of a private covenant. It will potentially solve problems of end-of-life medical issues. It will iron out potential financial disasters for a survivor.

But what people - even of the same sex - choose to do in their bedrooms is no business of mine or anyone else's. Provide the enabling legislation for these couples.