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Ireland Passes Civil Partnership Bill


As a small clutch of protesters picketed and shouted outside the gates, Ireland's Dáil yesterday passed a civil partnership bill, the Irish Times reports:

Ireland  "The Bill recognising the civil partnership of same-sex couples passed all stages in the Dáil tonight without a vote. Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said the Civil Partnership Bill would put in place a legal regime that reflected the many forms of relationships in modern Irish society. "Our society has change substantially in recent decades,’’ he said. “While marriage is more popular than ever, other forms of relationships have become increasingly common; they create some difficulties in the legal system and require in our law a measure of recognition and of protection." Fianna Fáil Tipperary South TD Mattie McGrath spoke against the Bill, claiming it had far-reaching consequences for over 120,000 cohabiting couples who would find themselves in a legal web not of their own making. There was a protest outside Leinster House against the legislation. When the debate was concluded inside, however, there was applause from people in the public gallery."

The Irish Council of Civil Liberties applauded the bill's passage but encouraged the government to work toward civil marriage for all

"ICCL director Mark Kelly said the Bill would offer a 'solid foundation' for the recognition and protection of same-sex relationships which were previously denied to them. However, he described the legislation as 'only a stepping stone on the path to full equality for same-sex couples'. Calling for full civil marriage rights to be extended to same-sex couples, Mr Kelly called on the Oireachtas to 'fully embrace' the principles that underpin the Bill and to 'urgently work' towards 'opening up civil marriage for all'. The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (Glen) last night welcomed the progress of the Bill through the Dáil as a 'historic advance' and a further stepping stone towards full equality. Glen spokesman Brian Sheehan pointed out while the legislation was important, there were still key omissions. For example, it did not provide any right for same-sex couples with children to be legally recognised as joint parents, he said."

A short video of what Ireland's version of the Westboro Baptist Church looks like,

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  1. Accidentally deleted my own video 'Failed 'Christian'(?) protest against the Civil Partnership Bill'.

    Here's the link to it again:

    Posted by: Tim | Jul 2, 2010 7:18:33 AM

  2. Finally, a step towards Equality.
    Here's another little video from Glassdoll productions.
    Find it on Youtube.
    Won't Somebody Think of The Children.

    Posted by: marc | Jul 2, 2010 8:23:41 AM

  3. I love how the woman in the still is covering her bum with a "sodomy is evil" sign.

    Posted by: voet | Jul 2, 2010 9:11:59 AM

  4. yes, sodomy is evil! But killing your neighbor because they're Catholic/Protestant is righteous!

    Posted by: dizzy spins | Jul 2, 2010 9:32:22 AM

  5. these nitwits DO realize that sodomy is more then JUST anal sex?

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 2, 2010 9:33:17 AM

  6. "these nitwits DO realize that sodomy is more then JUST anal sex? "

    No, they do not. Not that it would matter anyway... something tells me these protesters haven't had a decent orgasm since the Troubles.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 2, 2010 10:01:10 AM

  7. Most of those bints are so ugly the only way they would get a shag is from behind. They should be thankful for sodomy!

    Posted by: rovex | Jul 2, 2010 10:26:39 AM

  8. 2 cheers for the Republic of Ireland. At last same sex couples will be able to have their relationships legally recognised. It is utterly appalling and shameful however that discrmination against Irish children will now be codified in law. The civil partnership bill leaves children of a gay couple without any rights when it comes to childcare or financial support from their non-biological parent. It makes me ashamed to be Irish when i realise that the Irish government is willing to discrminate against children simply because they have a problem with the parents' sexual orientation. The bill is progress but really it's too little, too late. Civil marriage is the goal and thankfully the LGBT community in Ireland seems united behind this goal, thanks to the glaring inadequacies of the CP Bill.

    Posted by: Martin Murray | Jul 2, 2010 10:30:53 AM

  9. It figures the old bat from Tipperary voted against it. My family immigrated from Tipperary and I can tell you it's about as tolerant as any farm state in the U.S. toward LGBT people, except Iowa, of course.

    Posted by: Michael Cummings | Jul 2, 2010 11:32:12 AM

  10. dizzy spins,
    You have the wrong country. The sectarian violence is in Northern Ireland, the six counties still part of the UK.

    This is about the Republic of Ireland.

    Posted by: Urmensch | Jul 2, 2010 11:42:24 AM

  11. The DUBLIN McHILLBILLIES; take yer shoes off, ya'll come back now, ya hear?

    I just love Granny McClampett's ass sign!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 2, 2010 12:20:54 PM

  12. I love how they have their signs, but they turn their faces away from the camera or cover it with their signs. I thought these people were supposed to be PROUD of their hate?

    Not only are they worthless cowards, but it seems they're all ugly as hell too.

    Posted by: Scott | Jul 2, 2010 12:51:40 PM

  13. Um, when do they protest the shellfish? Shellfish are ALSO an abomination. Fight the shellfish! As it says in the bible (written in English, as Jesus spoke)!

    Posted by: Rich | Jul 2, 2010 1:25:00 PM

  14. "Um, when do they protest the shellfish? Shellfish are ALSO an abomination. Fight the shellfish! As it says in the bible (written in English, as Jesus spoke)! "

    Mixed fabrics are an abomination too (Leviticus 19:19)! So is wearing gold and pearls (1 Timothy 2:9)! and any women who wear pants are also evil (Deuteronomy 22:5). In fact any women protesting there should STFU according to 1 Timothy 2:12. I conclude that everyone else in that video is just as evil as those "sodomites".

    If you're going to use the bible to call "sodomy" evil, then you'll have to use the bible to call all those other things evil too.

    Posted by: Gyeong Hwa Pak | Jul 2, 2010 1:46:49 PM

  15. I don't remember protests like this against child-molesting catholic priests.
    How dare they claim to be concerned for "the children"?

    Posted by: tarxien | Jul 2, 2010 1:50:44 PM

  16. Ha ha! I love news like this because it drives the Weirs and Towles and the Protestant gays up the wall.

    Posted by: JT | Jul 2, 2010 4:40:12 PM

  17. Any step forward is a step in the right direction. Yeah it kinda leaves the children of gay parents out in the cold, but as pointed out this is merely a "stepping stone". And it's an historic one as well.

    So I'm going to go ahead and tip my hat to my Irish gay brothers and sisters and say "It's a good day to be gay in Ireland!"

    Posted by: Stephen | Jul 2, 2010 5:43:57 PM

  18. I passed by these people a few days ago, they were a nasty piece of work but they were also a joke, everyone that passed by were laughing at them, dressed in their 1970's cloathes with their signs borrowed from westboro baptist church, they cant compare to the 22,000 people who marched for equal rights at Dublin Pride last week

    Posted by: Gavin | Jul 3, 2010 8:08:38 AM

  19. The Trouble's in Northern Ireland were largely about politics, not religion, although sectarian violence did occur.

    The ''Civil Partnership and Cohabitation Bill'' gives limited recognition to unmarried gay and staright couples who are not in registered relationships under an opt-out scheme while a separate scheme will be established for gay couples to register their relationships and recieve marriage-like rights. The children of gay couples will still not be recognised so Irish law will continue to only allow gay people to adopt individually while gay couples will continue to only be allowed to foster jointly, not adopt.

    Posted by: Paschal | Jul 3, 2010 12:28:53 PM

  20. *The Troubles

    Posted by: Paschal | Jul 3, 2010 12:29:27 PM

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