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Tuesday, 04 January 2011 18:40

Civil Unions Law Passed in Ireland

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Ireland allows civil union for gay people.



This law, who passed during the weekend, will start in early April.

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) welcomed the progress of the Bill as a “historic advance” and a step for full equality.

Brian Sheehan, spokesman of GLEN, concidered this legislation as important, but also recognized that there are still some omissions. "For example, it did not provide any right for same-sex couples with children to be legally recognised as joint parents" he said.

Only marriage could bring a real equality for gay couples as civil partnerships do not offer enought protection for gay parents.

LGBT Noise spokesman Max Krzyzanowski said the Irish Times: “Parents will be taxed as a couple but denied their parental rights as a couple.

“Noise believes that even if partnership offered all the benefits of marriage it would still be discrimination, as a separate system for gay people cannot be called equality.”



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