Monday, July 19, 2010

Ireland! Equal Rights! Cool!

Ireland now offers LGBTQ couples the same rights as married heterosexual couples: closer to marriage equality than the States.

From the
Ireland’s president, Mary McAleese, signed the country’s Civil Partnership Bill into law Monday morning, offering same-sex couples protections that include access to pensions, inheritance, and power of attorney, among others.

The bill had been making its way through the various legislative bodies and McAleese was expected to sign it sometime in August. It is not expected to take effect until the fall.

“This is a great day for Ireland. Lesbian and gay people, their parents, families, friends neighbors, colleagues can now look forward to celebrating their civil partnerships in the near future," said Kieran Rose of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network. “It is a tribute to the openness and welcoming nature of Irish society and the commitment of all our legislators and is a major civil rights milestone for lesbian and gay people."

So when will the US catch up with the rest of the world.

Does it want to catch up?

Do we want it to catch up?




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joel batten-amador said...

i often wonder the same thing. as other nations move towards evening the playing field, it's just confusing that ours seems to be so divided on the issue. i was recently lucky enough to have a chat with a lovely woman from Canada who helped me out with this, a little. she mentioned that, when you remember that we were nation formed by Puritans, and that we gained our freedom from British colonialism by "bucking their system," and that Americans have always had this idea that our collective "thought" was the right's not so hard to imagine that the Nation is dragging it's feet on this one...ugh!!!