As we write this, our favorite lesbian couple in all of Ireland, Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone (pictured), are awaiting the High Court’s decision on whether or not their country will recognize their Canadian gay marriage.
We previously reported (if you can really call it that) that the lovely, and devastatingly cool, couple officiated their love while living abroad. Upon their Irish return, however, the government refused to validate their wedding, meaning that the ladies would suffer under unjust tax rules, social disenfranchisement, and general shittiness. Like all good social avengers, they took their case to court.
Pink News UK reports:
The couple argue that failing to recognise their Canadian marriage, and in failing to apply the tax law provisions relating to married couples to them as a married couple, the State and the Revenue Commissioners have acted unlawfully, in breach of their constitutional rights to equality, to marriage, to property rights and family rights and in breach of their rights to privacy, marriage and non-discrimination under the European Convention on Human Rights.
If Judge Elizabeth Dunne decides to acknowledge their lezzie love, it would be a huge step for the country’s progressive development. But, as Judges dealing with such high-profile cases tend to do, Dunne is taking her sweet time in delivering her ruling.
Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer, then.