Nice Day for a Green Wedding! Ireland Okays Same-Sex Unions!

On December 23, Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern signed the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, legislation recognizing gay couples and allowing civil unions  in the Irish Republic. The law, which secures a range of rights over shared homes, maintenance payments and pensions, goes into effect January 1.

But under Irish law all couples, whether gay or straight, must give three months’ notice to their local registrar, so the first ceremony is expected to be in April. The waiting period, however, can be waived under extenuating circumstances such as illness. Any couple wishing to legally unite must also pay a notification fee of €150.

Justice Minister Ahern said:

Gay couples, whose relationships have not previously been given legal recognition by the State, may now formalise their relationships in the eyes of the law and society at large. Their relationships will be legally recognised and protected.

23 Responses to "Nice Day for a Green Wedding! Ireland Okays Same-Sex Unions!"
Teddy Partridge | Friday December 24, 2010 10:03 pm 1

This is very appropriate, considering that at this time of year we celebrate the surrogate birth of a fellow with two dads.


diosnomeama | Sunday December 26, 2010 06:43 am 2

Wow, yet another country that got their shit together with gay marriage faster than the US.


Margaret | Sunday December 26, 2010 06:58 am 3

Do you know how backwards and Catholic Ireland is? My gosh, it’s embarrassing to live in a country more stubbornly hateful and superstitious than Ireland. meanwhile, Obama’s views are “evolving”. Yeah and I’m Cap’n Crunch.


demi | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:01 am 4
In response to Margaret @ 3

With or without berries? Are you still in Boomertown?
Hurray for Ireland. Maybe all their internal strife has caused them to be more human. The comfortable fat cats of ‘merka have a lot of moral growing up to do.


Margaret | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:03 am 5
In response to demi @ 4

Well, no Cap’n Crunch has berries…


demi | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:14 am 6
In response to Margaret @ 5

Yuh huh. It’s called Crunch Berries. You can google it. It looks absolutely and plastically awful.


pineywoodsfats | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:14 am 7
In response to Margaret @ 3

I would long put Ireland’s backwardness in the past tense. Since the 70′s when it joined the EU, the influence of the Church has gone to zilch. It became decidedly modern and hip: the most college grads in Europe and-until recently-the highest per-capita income in the EU. Of course, along with the good came the bad–neo-liberalism which destroyed the economy. Welcome to the modern world, Ireland.


diosnomeama | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:16 am 8
In response to Margaret @ 3

Evolving at a rate that makes glaciers look swift by comparison.


Margaret | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:18 am 9
In response to diosnomeama @ 8

Makes glaciers look like the Indy 500. I expect Obama to embrace same sex unions about twenty years after he leaves office.


Margaret | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:20 am 10
In response to demi @ 6

Yeah…I was talking about berries that are fruit as opposed to food coloring and polyvinylchloride.


diosnomeama | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:21 am 11
In response to Margaret @ 9

Yeah, on his deathbed no doubt. It’ll be his “rosebud” moment.


Margaret | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:33 am 12
In response to diosnomeama @ 11

Yep. Shallow assclown.


Sabre-Toothed Critter | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:33 am 13
In response to demi @ 4

Maybe all their internal strife has caused them to be more human.

That’s food for thought.
I wonder if America must hit bottom too, or if it is possible for America stop learning the hard way.


demi | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:42 am 14

Unfortunately, learning is never easy. I’m afeared we will have to keep “Marching Down A Road Of Bones” (John Cusak) before we learn to care more about The Other.


Margaret | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:43 am 15

…or if it is possible for America stop learning the hard way.

As human beings, I don’t think it’s possible for the vast majority of us to learn anything other than the hard way. Our goal should include overcoming tribalism and superstition that may have served us well at one time but now only harm us. Doesn’t seem very likely to me at this point.


otchmoson | Sunday December 26, 2010 07:54 am 16
In response to Margaret @ 5

OT:

Margaret,

Can you e-mail me at my screen name with AT centurylink DOT net?


tetercreek | Sunday December 26, 2010 08:46 am 17

I think that both getting married and joining the army are both terrible ideas and decisions nobody should make. However everybody should have the same right to make stupid decisions and be as miserable as anyone else.


mzchief | Sunday December 26, 2010 09:43 am 18

Wow– go Ireland!


dkeithgriffiths | Sunday December 26, 2010 10:53 am 19

This is all nonsense. Poll after poll shows that Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of civil unions and equal rights for gay couples. The argument is over the word marriage. People who view marriage as a religiousmoral term are obviously opposed. People who view marriage as a union between two people that love each other are in favor. The law Ireland passed doesn’t address either (nor should it). It simply provides legal protection. We are so quick to divide into our little camps of like minded people. This reminds me of abortion. Most people agree on premise to reduce abortions to a minimum but cannot look past the final differences. It isn’t the issues that will tear this country apart but the negativity and hate we harbor for those who don’t believe the way they do.


Lisa Derrick | Sunday December 26, 2010 11:24 am 20

It strikes me as unfair that couples who are “married” don’t have to pay income tax on partner benefits while those in a CU do. Couples in civil unions in the US are denied over 1,000 different types of federal benefits extended to “married” couples.

It strikes me as unfair that heterosexual couples can’t get a civil union, and only qualify for “marriage.”

The rights granted by “civil union” should be the same as the rights granted by “marriage.”

I have watched Ireland’s changes in social attitudes since 1979 when I first visited. Condoms are now available in drugstores, divorce was ratified in 1996, and Dustin the Turkey was the country’s Euro-vision entry (a truly brilliant move).

That same-sex unions would be put into law shows a vast shift from the dominion of the RCC which was codified during independence.


Suzanne | Sunday December 26, 2010 01:57 pm 21

yay!!!


marymccurnin | Sunday December 26, 2010 04:27 pm 22

Go Ireland!


microcosm8 | Monday December 27, 2010 11:32 am 23
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 1

Being that Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ best friend, it makes you wonder about the gala festivities she would have prepared http://judiciary.zoomshare.com/files/Green_Marriage.html


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