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Ireland OKs Civil Unions. Not Good Enough?


Some of Ireland’s legislators are congratulating themselves for today passing a same-sex civil partnership bill, which grants many rights and benefits to gays, including things like “succession rights, protection of a home that a couple shares, plus maintenance rights in the event of a separation.” Also: “Once a civil partnership is registered, the couple will be dealt with in the same way as a married couple by the Revenue Commissioners. It will also extend those rights to other forms of long-term relationships. Unmarried opposite-sex couples will be allowed to register, as will those in non-sexual relations, such as siblings who live together, or cohabiting companions.” It does not, however, consider them to be full-blown marriages.

You can imagine how well this sits with gay marriage advocates.