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Same-Sex Couple’s Lawsuit a Test of Tolerance in Ireland

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Tax Case Seeks Marital Recognition Same-Sex Couple’s Lawsuit a Test of Tolerance in Ireland; Tax Case Seeks Marital Recognition. Excerpt: Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan are trying to get the Irish government to recognize their 2003 marriage in Canada. Their legal challenge is essentially a tax case: They have asked to be taxed like any other married couple, rather than as individuals. But the societal ramifications go well beyond that. The two are effectively demanding that same-sex marriages, and by extension the more than 77,000 same-sex and heterosexual couples in Ireland living together outside marriage, be afforded, as they put it, “a partnership status of full equivalence with marriage.” full-text article (subscription required):

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