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Old 04-03-2006, 03:47 PM   #1
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Ireland to legalise gay partnerships

Sorry if this has been posted before, if it has I didn't see it.

Great step forward.

So what the fuck is the US waiting for?

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Ireland to Legalize Gay Partnerships

DUBLIN, Ireland - Ireland will legalize civil partnerships for gay couples, Prime Minister Bertie Ahern pledged Monday as he opened new offices for the country's main homosexual rights pressure group.

Civil partnerships allow gay couples the same rights to inheritance, state benefits and other financial rights as held by married heterosexual couples.

"Sexual orientation cannot, and must not, be the basis of a second-class citizenship. Our laws have changed, and will continue to change, to reflect this principle," Ahern told an audience at Ireland's Gay and Lesbian Equality Network.

Ahern said it would be more difficult to legalize gay marriage in Ireland than it was in the United Kingdom, which approved the civil unions in December. Ireland's constitution has a clause requiring the predominantly Roman Catholic state to protect the institution of marriage, whereas the UK, which includes neighboring Northern Ireland, has no written constitution.

"This challenge, however, is one that the government is determined to meet. We are committed to legislating on this issue," said Ahern, who noted that a government-appointed group of experts would recommend several possible options in a report expected in November.

"Although there is a growing climate of equality and support for anti-discrimination action, I also recognize that members of the gay community still face isolation, abuse and victimization on the basis of their sexuality," Ahern said.


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This is great. Bravo Ireland!
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:15 PM   #3
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Welcome to the 21st Century. Now if the rest of the world would only follow suit
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me too


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So can they march in the parade now?

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Re: Ireland to legalise gay partnerships

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So what the fuck is the US waiting for?


impeachment of bush and election of someone with two braincells to rub together.
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Re: Ireland to legalise gay partnerships

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Great step forward.

So what the fuck is the US waiting for?
The 22nd century.
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I thought this wasn't good enough? Just about everyone here has supported the idea of such domestic partnerships.
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I thought this wasn't good enough? Just about everyone here has supported the idea of such domestic partnerships.
Except Congress, which viciously opposes it and is ready to dig up that old marriage amendment again. It's an election year, you know.

Between that and blaming illegal immigrants for all of America's problems, I'm waiting for the long-abandoned, color-coded terror alert to make a comeback around the primaries, along with a release of oil from the strategic reserves to lower gas prices temporarily.

And if that doesn't work, there's always the anti-flag burning amendment and another round of free money for breeders that are really just an advance on next year's tax refund. But we'll keep that part hush-hush until Republicans are reelected.

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(waits for the sky to fall, the Irish Sea to boil, and thousands of school girls to remove their uniforms and have lesbian sex in the bathrooms)

Hehe.


Good for Ireland... Now we just need to get our asses in gear here.
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impeachment of bush and election of someone with two braincells to rub together.

Amen to that WTG Ireland
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Well done Ireland
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I'm afraid with something like this, it's inevitable.



Seriously, great news.
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