Heads of Civil Partnership (Same-Sex Partnership) Bill Published
The Dept of Justice today released the heads of its proposed Civil Partnership Bill (PDF) (not as late as many assumed to be frank). Money quote:
Head 123: Cohabitant and qualified cohabitant
“(1) For the purposes of this Part, unless the context otherwise requires, ‘cohabitants’ means two adults (whether they are of the same sex or the opposite sex) who live together as a couple in an intimate relationship, and who are not married to each other or related to each other within a prohibited degree of relationship; and ‘cohabitant’ means one of two such adults.
Civil partnerships between qualifying cohabitants is one step closer to the statute book – wonder what the comment will be from Minister Dermot Ahern – also read Future Taoiseach’s post on this from some days ago.
Green Party TD Ciaran Cuffe admits it is not the full equality that the Green Party remain committed to but it is a step in the right direction. He is right on both counts but fair play – didn’t think they would get this far with Fianna Fail. Still gotta get it on the statute books though.