The Struggle So Far
Great work was done at the end of the 1980's and start of the 1990's Ireland still has a long way to go. How long will the members of the GLBT population be treated as second class citizens. We are not criminals, we pay our taxes -
16 years on,- WHY DO WE NOT HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS?
HOMOSEXUALITY DECRIMINALISED IN IRELAND, Dublin, 30th June 1993 - The Irish parliament has passed a law to decriminalise sex between men. The move comes as a result of more than twenty years of campaigning and court actions by the lesbian and gay community.
HOWEVER Equality involes more than marriages being recognised. Gay parents cannot both register, denying the child a legal relationship with one of their parents and creating a whole range of potential problems in later years. Lack of legal recognition of same sex relationships has had implications for LGB people in relation to immigration and residency as administrative arrangements for family reunification have, been based on the family defined by marriage.
This question has been taken from the LGBT Noise websiteSimon A Delaney says:
A few words on Marriage and Civil Partnership...
This is how different faiths recognise couples within their religion. It's optional. Most couples in Ireland opt for this, but 1 in 5 do not.
This is how the State legally recognises couples, giving them rights, responsibilities and protections.
This is the limited set of rights which the government will allow, possibly this year.
Civil partnership is a law for gay people only.
That we are strangers in law to children we raise
That we and our children cannot even be called a
family. That gay couples must pay higher taxes.
This law is being written right now, but we still have time to tell the government that we will NOT be second-class citizens! There is only one way to grant equality - through the choice of civil marriage.
SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL AND NEVER FAIR!