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Heads of Civil Partnership (Same-Sex Partnership) Bill Published

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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
Provide that:
“(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.

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2 Responses to “Heads of Civil Partnership (Same-Sex Partnership) Bill Published”

  1. # Comment by Keith Jun 24th, 2008 16:06

    That’s the Heads of Bill that was to be “absolutely, definitely published by the end of March”, is it? And now it’ll be ready by the end of the year…maybe.

  2. # Comment by Niall Jun 25th, 2008 20:06

    This is fucking ridiculous.

    Why the hell does it matter if someone is in an intimate relationship? Why does it matter if they’re related?

    What is the function of a civil partnership or marriage supposed to be? All of the benefits a marriage or civil partnerships offers to those who engage in them would be of use to people who have non-intimate relationships, or indeed to couples who have intimate relations but who are related.