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Dublin Supports Motion in Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

Fintan warfield

A motion supporting same-sex marriage was passed on June 14th in South County Dublin, Ireland.

The vote comes following last month's announcement by the Irish government that under an employment law amendment to be passed shortly, schools will no longer be allowed to fire teachers based on family status or sexual orientation.

Openly gay mayor of South County Dublin Councillor Fintan Warfield received support for his motion to extend marriage rights to include gay and lesbian couples in next year's referendum on marriage equality, reports Pink News.

The motion was passed by 34 votes to 1.

After the vote, Warfield said:

“The LGBT community is still marginalised in the Ireland of today and we must work towards changing that. Support for marriage equality and for the passing of the referendum next spring is pivotal. This referendum is about...the LGBT community being afforded the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts. This referendum is about love. It is about two people sharing in the ups and downs of life."

Civil partnerships were introduced in Ireland in 2011.

Watch Fintan Warfield speak in favor of same-sex marriage at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis last year, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ireland To Hold Referendum On Same Sex Marriage In 2015


Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny yesterday announced that a referendum on same-sex marriage will take place within the first four months of 2015, according to The Journal.

The announcement comes just days after the Irish government vowed to enact an employment law amendment which will prevent schools from discriminating against teachers based on family status or sexual orientation.

A February 2014 Red C poll found that 76% will vote in favor, 19% will oppose the referendum and 5% remain undecided.

Responding to a question from Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Kenny said:

“There are a number of other legal issues that need to be dealt with, including elements of adoption which are necessary. We’d like to have that cleared before we put the marriage equality referendum. It will be in the spring of next year and the government will decide a date in due course.”

Kenny also said that he intends to canvas in favor of the referendum.

Welcoming the government’s commitment to the referendum, Sinn Féin’s justice and equality spokesman Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said:

“There’s no room for complacency. We all know in referendums that the pendulum can swing back and forth, so there’s a lot of work to be done, and we need certainty around a date.”

Speaking to The Journal, Gay & Lesbian Equality Network chairperson Kieran Rose said that "the referendum will be the final step in the remarkable 20 year journey from gay law reform to full Constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people in Ireland."

The coalition government last year announced plans to hold the referendum.

Irish Government To End Discrimination Against LGBT Teachers - VIDEO

Irish Minister For Education Ruairi Quinn

The Irish government announced on June 28th that under an employment law amendment to be passed shortly, schools will no longer be allowed to fire teachers based on family status or sexual orientation.

The news came on the same day as Dublin’s biggest ever Pride Parade, with an estimated attendance of 40,000.

The amendment, jointly submitted by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, will repeal section 37 of the Employment Equality Act of 1998, which currently allows religious institutions to discriminate “where it is reasonable to do so in order to maintain the religious ethos of the institution”.

Speaking to The Journal, Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said that there were delays in the repeal of section 37 of the Employment Equality Act in order to ensure that the legislation was “robust enough":

“The Department of Education have been keen to progress it as it affects teachers in their everyday work. Teachers unions have been campaigning for this for a long time. While it has never been used to dismiss someone, it has still been present for teachers. It struck fear in teachers who were fearful of sharing personal details about their personal lives with colleagues and that really is unsatisfactory.”

According to the Irish Times, the proposal to repeal Section 37 will come before government ministers today.  Following approval, the proposals will be passed on to the lower and upper houses of the Irish legislature.

The change in legislation has had cross-party support within the Irish legislature.

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Isle of Man: Overseas Same-Sex Marriages To Be Recognized As Civil Partnerships

Isle of man to recognize overseas same sex marriage as civil partnerships

The Isle of Man, a British crown dependency, is to treat overseas same-sex marriages as civil partnerships. As a crown dependency - self-governing possessions of the British crown - the Isle of Man maintains full autonomy.

Although same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will be introduced in Scotland later this year, it is still illegal in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and Northern Ireland.

According to Manx Policy and Reform Minister Chris Robertshaw, overseas same-sex marriages should be recognised only as civil partnerships.

Robertshaw added that fifty relationships from other countries - including domestic partnerships in some U.S. states and civil partnerships in Ireland and Jersey - will be treated as civil partnerships.

Representative Zac Hall raised concerns that the list included relationships which were not as formal as a civil partnership. Hall has asked for the list to be withdrawn for further examination.

Ireland: Report Aims To Improve Reporting of Hate Crimes Against Trans People

Broden Giambrone with Irish Human Rights Commission member Senator Katherine Zappone, and executive director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O'Gorman

A report by Transgender Equality Network Ireland aims to improve the reporting of hate crimes against trans people in the country.

Launched by the University Of Limerick (UL), the Stop Transphobia and Discrimination report documents 32 hate incidents against trans people in 2013, fifteen of which have been designated hate crimes.

Co-director of the Hate and Hostility research group at UL Jennifer Schweppe said that Ireland is being pressured to introduce legislation which targets hate motivated violence.

According to TENI’s Chief Executive Broden Giambrone, “there is no doubt that Irish society is changing but the violence and discrimination the trans community faces must stop.  To change the way that trans people are treated we need to understand the full extent of the problem and look for viable solutions.”

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BBC's Graham Norton ‘Furious’ Over Irish Broadcaster’s Payout to Anti-gay Catholic Group

Openly gay BBC presenter Graham Norton is reportedly “furious” about Irish broadcaster RTE’s decision to pay a $116,000 settlement to anti-gay Catholic lobbying group, calling the decision “absolutely moronic.” The settlement came after Catholic lobby group Iona Institute and two prominent Irish journalists threatened legal action after being described as homophobic and “horrible and mean about gays” during a program on the flagship Irish public broadcaster channel last month. BBC reports:

Graham nortonIn his Hot Press cover interview Norton said he was disappointed that the journalists had decided to take legal action instead of examining why they might be accused of homophobia.

Although he said he has no desire to get married himself, Norton added: "I want to ask these people, 'Why are you so scared and intimidated by the idea of gay marriage?'" [...]

He added: "This tiny minority can yell all they want, but it's over. It's all done. The Iona Institute, and people like that, are like rats trapped in the corner of a barn. They know the jig is up. That's why they're screaming so loud."

However, he added that he was glad gay marriage opponents existed as "they drag everyone towards the centre".

"You hear their opinions and suddenly you're a little bit more tolerant - because you don't want to be them!"


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