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Ireland’s human rights body backs civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples

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  1. Simon Murphy 10 Feb 2009, 6:19pm

    I suppose it’s good that that the HUman Rights Commission backs Civil Partnerships. WHat a pity they won’t come out and support equality. I am worried that once civil partnerships become law then the drive for full equality will disappear. As for the idea that the Irish constitution defines marriage as between a man and woman – well so what. The Irish Constitution refers to the Irish President as a ‘him’ throughout. Using this logic then there would need to be a referendum to allow women to be president. No referendum was held yet for almost 20 years Ireland’s president has been a woman – Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese.

  2. I agrees with Simon. The constitution is a living breathing document, open to interpretation by the courts to keep up with changing social attitudes.

  3. How can the IHRC welcome the the Partnership legislation when it is simply not akin to the Partnership legislation in the UK. The proposed bill has no mention of adoption rights, tax etc.

  4. Good point Simon… but its Fianna Fail we’re dealing with here, they still have their “fear’o'god” mentality when dealing with issues that “offend” the church.

    I’m curious to see if the Partnership Bill gets improved upon by the next government to cover equivalence with marriage rights, which I’m hoping for the sake of our nation the next government is anything *but* Fianna Fail.

  5. May I ask if the Republic of Ireland has the equivalent of the UK’s LGBT discrimination regulations, which make it clear that except in a very few areas neither the private nor the public sector may discriminate between Cps and marriage and expressly provide that a CP will be treated as the same as a marriage for the purpose assessing discrimination?

  6. Simon Murphy 11 Feb 2009, 3:41pm

    Difficult to say seeing as the CP legislation has not yet been introduced. I imagine that the CP legislation in Ireland will be almost identical to that in the UK considering to allow consistency with Northern Ireland.

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