Ireland’s President Mary McAleese Signs Civil Unions Bill Into Law

President Mary McAleese of Ireland today signed Ireland’s civil partnerships bill into national law.  The bill which passed nearly unanimously in both of Ireland’s legislative chambers

The law will extend marriage-like benefits to gay and lesbian couples in the areas of property, social welfare, succession, maintenance, pensions and tax. The act also offers additional rights and protections for other cohabiting couples including a redress scheme for financially dependent long-term cohabitants on the end of a relationship.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern described it as “one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation to be enacted since independence. This Act provides enhanced rights and protections for many thousands of Irish men and women. Ireland will be a better place for its enactment,” he said.

Congrats to Ireland!  More proff that unlike the United States civilized countries do exist that care about the welfare of its LGBT Community. 

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  1. Was reading from rudepundit:

    It seems the more unintelligent the citizenry, the more homophobic they are. Or are told to be.

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