Trade Unions welcome Civil Partnership

12 Aug 2010

The Dáil has completed its work on the Civil Partnership Bill, which is expected to be signed into law in the autumn. Congress welcomes the passing of this historic legislation which will extend marriage-like benefits to gay and lesbian couples across a range of areas such as property, social welfare, succession, maintenance, pensions and tax. The civil partnership legislation does not represent full marriage equality however - a key omission is the fact that it does not provide any right for same-sex couples with children to be legally recognised as joint parents (read Obmudsman for Children, Emily Logan's opinion on this) . Congress will be producing guidance for lgbt workers and trade unions in the autumn. Kieran Rose, Chair of GLEN called it "a major civil rights reform and a great achievement for Irish society." The Bill is being finalised in the Seanad on 7th  and 8th July

IMG_7635 INTOPride 2010Trade Union Banners on Dublin Pride 2010 (pic Paula Geraghty, NUJ)