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From TheJournal.ie Ireland has no plans to follow the UK and introduce civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples Civil Partnership Bells

Ireland has no plans to follow the UK and introduce civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples

The government said that there are no plans to change the law in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Heart disease and cancer are the most common causes of death in Ireland Snapshot Of Ireland

Heart disease and cancer are the most common causes of death in Ireland

Here are the latest statistics on births, deaths and marriages.

From TheJournal.ie Want to get married on a Sunday in January? You're literally* the only person who does Tying The Knot

Want to get married on a Sunday in January? You're literally* the only person who does

*Slight exaggeration – there are a few of you.

From TheJournal.ie Madeleine McCann, jewel thefts and mortgages: The week in numbers Prime Numbers

Madeleine McCann, jewel thefts and mortgages: The week in numbers

Plus: What percentage unemployment rate does Taoiseach Enda Kenny want to see in 2016?

From TheJournal.ie Civil partnerships, stocks, and twisters: The week in numbers In Numbers

Civil partnerships, stocks, and twisters: The week in numbers

Plus: How many days before Christmas was an advent calender spotted in Dunnes?

From TheJournal.ie More than 500 civil partnership ceremonies took place in 2011 CSO

More than 500 civil partnership ceremonies took place in 2011

There were 335 male unions and 201 female unions in the first year civil partnerships became legal.

Birth rate declines by 9 per cent as marriages increase

The figures from the Central Statistics Office also showed that 36.5 per cent of total births in January to March were to parents outside marriage.

From TheJournal.ie There were 429 civil partnerships in the state last year I Do

There were 429 civil partnerships in the state last year

Of these, 263 couples were male and 166 were female as GLEN describes the couples as “pioneers”.

From TheJournal.ie Cyber-bullying should be a crime says rapporteur on child protection Child Protection

Cyber-bullying should be a crime says rapporteur on child protection

The child protection report also recommends guardianship should apply to civil partnerships.

From TheJournal.ie Cameron faces dissent in the ranks over gay marriage bill Gay Marriage

Cameron faces dissent in the ranks over gay marriage bill

Large sections of the British Prime Minister’s Conservative party are fiercely opposed to the idea.

From TheJournal.ie Chief Justice launches guide to rights for gay couples Marriage Equality

Chief Justice launches guide to rights for gay couples

The guidelines point out rights and obligations attached to civil partnerships and protection for cohabiting couples.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Seven Bills to be wrapped up before Christmas break Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Seven Bills to be wrapped up before Christmas break

Michael D Higgins will be busy over Christmas: no fewer than seven Bills will be wrapped up today and sent for signature.

From TheJournal.ie Birth rate down by 2.3 per cent in second quarter of 2012 Vital Statistics

Birth rate down by 2.3 per cent in second quarter of 2012

New CSO figures show there were 17,958 births in the second quarter, with the average mother aged 31.9.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Budget aftermath, expert group and same-sex partnerships Oireachtas Agenda

Oireachtas agenda: Budget aftermath, expert group and same-sex partnerships

The Dáil debates the Budget and the Expert Group report, while the Seanad allows secular bodies to perform civil ceremonies.

From TheJournal.ie New figures show every county in Ireland has hosted civil partnership ceremony Same-Sex Couples This post contains images

New figures show every county in Ireland has hosted civil partnership ceremony

Data shows that 862 couples have entered civil partnerships in the 17 months since they were first permitted in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Column: I’m not in a “same-sex marriage”. I’m in a marriage. Opinion

Column: I’m not in a “same-sex marriage”. I’m in a marriage.

Small changes in language could make a world of difference at the Constitutional Convention, writes Senator Katherine Zappone – so let’s get it right.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Shouldn’t we be over gay people in the workplace? Opinion

Column: Shouldn’t we be over gay people in the workplace?

Many workers still feel they have to hide their sexual orientation, writes Davin Roche. Changing this would be good for business.

From TheJournal.ie Church of England objects to government's gay marriage plan Gay Marriage

Church of England objects to government's gay marriage plan

The Church says that it could be forced to stop conducting weddings on behalf of the state if gay marriage is legalised.

From TheJournal.ie Department promises 'mopping up' measures to give tax equality to same-sex couples LGBT Rights

Department promises 'mopping up' measures to give tax equality to same-sex couples

The Department of Finance commits to making the final changes necessary to give equal treatment to same-sex partners.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should Ireland introduce same-sex marriage? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland introduce same-sex marriage?

Ireland already has civil partnerships for couples who want to make a commitment – but should the country follow Barack Obama’s lead on gay marriage?

From TheJournal.ie Transgender woman becomes first to enter Irish same-sex partnership Civil Partnerships

Transgender woman becomes first to enter Irish same-sex partnership

Transgender people can currently only enter same-sex civil partnerships if their new gender was registered in another country.

From TheJournal.ie New Hampshire quashes attempt to ban gay marriage Gay Marriage

New Hampshire quashes attempt to ban gay marriage

A large Republican majority in the state House of Representatives is not enough to overturn laws allowing full gay marriage.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic Church moves against gay marriage proposals Gay Marriage This post contains videos

Catholic Church moves against gay marriage proposals

The Pope has denounced the “powerful” US gay marriage lobby, while Catholics in Britain have been urged to defend heterosexual unions.

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Tuesday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From TheJournal.ie Same-sex partnerships from abroad to be recognised in Ireland Couples

Same-sex partnerships from abroad to be recognised in Ireland

Gay couples who were married in New York, Illinois, South Africa and other parts of the world will be recognised as being in a civil partnership under Irish law.

From TheJournal.ie 'Campaign for Conscience' lodges Supreme Court challenge to same-sex partnerships Courts

'Campaign for Conscience' lodges Supreme Court challenge to same-sex partnerships

The Mayo-based group believes major parts of the Civil Partnership Act are in conflict with the Constitution and therefore illegal.

From TheJournal.ie Christian hotel owners launch appeal to gay couple's court win Equality

Christian hotel owners launch appeal to gay couple's court win

A devout Christian couple, who were forced to pay compensation to a gay couple who tried to stay in their B&B, launch an appeal.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why should our love be valued less than anyone else’s? Opinion

Column: Why should our love be valued less than anyone else’s?

Most people think same-sex couples should have full marriage equality – so what’s taking so long, asks Kirsten Fjoser.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should Ireland lift the ban on same-sex marriage? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland lift the ban on same-sex marriage?

Demonstrators in Dublin are today seeking to lift the ban on same-sex marriage. What do you think about the issue?

From TheJournal.ie Bill awarding equal tax rights to couples in civil partnerships published Civil Partnerships

Bill awarding equal tax rights to couples in civil partnerships published

The Bill will allow couples in civil partnerships to avail of income tax, stamp duty, capital acquisitions tax, capital gains tax and VAT benefits – just as married couples can.

From TheJournal.ie US bishop authorises official church blessings for same-sex couples Gay Rights

US bishop authorises official church blessings for same-sex couples

California bishop Chester Talton said committed gay relationships are a “sacred union” and they will be officially recognised by the church from Sunday.

From TheJournal.ie Judge who struck down Californian gay marriage ban confirms: ‘I’m gay’ Proposition 8

Judge who struck down Californian gay marriage ban confirms: ‘I’m gay’

Judge Vaughn Walker, who retired a few months after his landmark decision, confirms that he himself is homosexual.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin couple one of first to enter same sex civil partnership Civil Partnership

Dublin couple one of first to enter same sex civil partnership

A couple from Dublin will be one of the first to be formally joined on Irish soil in a ceremony later today.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Sunday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Sunday

Catch up on the day’s main news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed earlier.

From TheJournal.ie Marriage and civil partnership 'not equal', LGBT survey finds Civil Partnerships

Marriage and civil partnership 'not equal', LGBT survey finds

A new survey shows that 8 out of 9 people in same-sex relationships believe a civil partnership to be a lesser institution.

From TheJournal.ie Gay couple wins appeal over hotel's policy "discrimination" Discrimination

Gay couple wins appeal over hotel's policy "discrimination"

A Christian couple is told their policy that unmarried couples – including homosexuals – cannot share rooms is unlawful.

CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS between same-sex couples registered overseas are officially recognised as being valid under Irish law from today, under the terms of the Civil Partnership Act signed into law last year. As a result, any couple with a same-sex partnership registered in certain overseas territories can claim the same tax and inheritance rights as male-female couples. The first Irish-performed civil partnership ceremonies will begin in April, as couples are required to give three months’ notice of similar partnerships in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Ahern signs order to enable civil partnerships Civil Partnerships

Ahern signs order to enable civil partnerships

The Commencement Order is signed to bring the Civil Partnership Act into law as of January 1 next year.

SAME SEX COUPLES and their supporters who feel that the Civil Partnership Bill does not go far enough towards giving equal rights to all Irish citizens will march through Dublin today.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender campaign group, Noise, have organised the march, which will leave from Dublin City Hall and continue to the Department of Justice in the city centre.

The March for Marriage protest will kick off at 2pm.

Although the Civil Partnership Bill, which was signed into law last month, is the first legal recognition of civil right within same-sex partnerships many feel that it still discriminates between Irish citizens on the basis of their sexuality.

The bill legal provides benefits in the areas of property, social welfare, and tax to same-sex couples; however Noise calls on LGBT people “not to settle for half-measures” and push for full marriage rights.

Saying on its website that the Civil Partnership Bill “makes us second class citizens”, the group outlines their objections to the legislation, focusing on the rights of children with same-sex parents. Noise says that the bill:

  • Offers no way for parents to create protected legal bonds with each other as parents or with their children
  • Denies parents the right to make educational and medical decisions regarding their children
  • Denies children of LGBT parents the right to inherit from their parents

AN AMERICAN JUDGE has ruled California’s ban on same-sex marriage illegal – raising the possibility of a Supreme Court hearing to determine whether any ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Judge Vaughn R Walker, the chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, ruled that Proposition 8 – the measure which outlawed gay marriage in the state, approved by referendum in 2008 – “cannot withstand any level of scrutiny under the Equal Protection Clause” of the federal Constitution.

“Excluding same-sex couples from marriage is simply not rationally related to a legitimate state interest,” he ruled.

However, Walker placed an immediate stay on his own ruling, freezing it until a separate hearing determines whether to once again allow same-sex marriages while his ruling is appealed.

The ruling will now be appealed to the local branch of the national court of appeals, but commentators anticipate that the matter will ultimately come before the Supreme Court itself which would ultimately rule on whether all bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.

The Equal Protection Clause provides that “no state shall [...] deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Supporters of the legal challenge welcomed the ruling, claiming it a major legal victory in the quest for full equality.

“Being gay is about forming an adult family relationship with a person of a same sex,” said gay rights activist Jennifer Pizer, “so denying us equality within the family system is to deny respect for the essence of who we are as gay people.”

Pastor Jim Garlow, however, who had been an outspoken proponent of the ban, said congregations across America ‘would fast and pray for the ban to be restored.’

Other opponents argued that the Constitutional reference to ‘We the People’ would mean the court would acknowledge the fact that the public had twice voted against gay marriage – at Proposition 8 and also in 2000, when voters explicitly defined marriage as between “a man and a woman”.

The controversial proposition 8 was passed in November 2008 – on the same day that Barack Obama was elected president – by 52% of voters, which barred any future gay marriages, but did not rule earlier gay marriages illegal.

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