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Irish Government: Gay couples to get parental rights ‘regardless of equal marriage referendum’

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  1. atalanta 22 Jan, 2:29pm

    The fact that these protections were omitted from the original CP legislation caused harm and distress to countless families – including mine.

    It is welcome that this issue is now to be addressed. These protections must cover artificial reproduction, not just adoption, and must be as broad as the parenting rights afforded in NI and the rest of the UK.

    We were told the omission of parenting from the CP Act 2010 was partly out of deference to clause 41.3.1 of the constitution (protecting marriage).

    That never made any sense, and clearly the current government accepts that its predecessor was wrong to omit these protections, and that there was no constitutional bar on implementing them. The govt should be careful not to hide behind the constitution whenever it is apprehensive public attitudes to rights for same-sex couples. A marriage referendum may be expedient for all sides, but the true legal situation is far less clear.

  2. Well done, Ireland. Another small but VERY important step towards full equality for LGBT people. It always pleases me when a country like this, with such a long history of Roman religious dominance, has the courage and respect for human rights to ignore the threats and deeply offensive and divisive rhetoric of the church and does the right thing.

    1. The way they’ve shed Roman Catholic religious dominance so quickly has been astounding. It’s a change that’s infuriating the snobby Protestant anglophile NYC gay ghetto, who would have preferred Ireland remain primitive.

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