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Ireland: Number of gay couples registering civil partnerships drops

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Dec 2012, 3:17pm

    I hope it continues to drop. i think it will drop in the UK once equal marriage is introduced. I never favoured having one and still have no desire. Marriage for me or nothing.

  2. A referendum?

    On what he says is a human right?

    Appalling!

    1. That There Other David 20 Dec 2012, 4:34pm

      The Irish Constitution explicitly defines marriage as being between opposite genders. Any changes to the Irish Constitution must be put to a referendum.

      So it’s the only way the Irish government can introduce marriage for all in the country.

      1. This is true. The Irish Consitution has to be amended by referendum of the whole people in order to pass laws that are affected by it. That was something they WANTED when they got independence – a semblance of real democracy. But there have been so many changes to what reads as a rather arcane piece of writing lately it must seem a bit of a millstone at times.

        The arcane nature of it, as I recall from political history, is largely because of Eamonn De Valera, who embedded in the constitution his own belief that women belonged in the home as the ‘natural’ parent and educator of children. It stands to reason he wouldn’t see marriage as anything but the ‘traditional’ man and woman. But he’s long dead and times are changing. Ireland will get there soon, I think.

  3. I am a keen supporter of marriage equality. I am in a Civil Partnership and went into it with much emotional enthusiasm early in 2006. Some friends of mine agreed with Robert above and went to Canada or Spain to get hitched. However, CPs were and important step towards equality and I would hate to think anyone was undermining mine. We were part of an important movement and are proud of that as well as being very happy with having our relationship recognised by law. In the name of equality we will have it converted to marriage when able to – but the commitment my husband and I made to each other then will remain just as it is now.

  4. Isn’t it pssible they have slowed because so many rushed to do it when it became legal? Besides, look at the dreary weather? Everyone wants a spring or summer event.

    1. The article covers that point.
      “The fall isn’t unexpected, gay couples have only been able to have civil partnerships since 2011 so there were many who had waited years or decades to have their relationships recognised by the state.”

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