President Signs Civil Partnership Bill into Law: A great day for Ireland

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Gay and Lesbian Equality Network |

Today the 19th of July, the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, signed the Civil Partnership Bill into law.

“This is a great day for Ireland. Lesbian and gay people, their parents, families, friends neighbours, colleagues can now look forward to celebrating their civil partnerships in the near future” according to Kieran Rose.

“It is a tribute to the openness and welcoming nature of Irish society and the commitment of all our legislators and is a major civil rights milestone for lesbian and gay people” continued Kieran Rose.

The Bill will deliver a comprehensive set of protections, rights and obligations for same-sex couples across a wide range of areas including home protections, pensions, taxation, maintenance, next of kin, social welfare, domestic violence, inheritance, enduring power of attorney and creation of joint tenancies.

The Bill was passed without a vote in the Dáil and with an overwhelming majority in the Seanad at the beginning of July.

 

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