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Ireland’s President Mary McAleese Turns Down Grand Marshal Offer at NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Exclusion of Gays and Lesbians

Ireland’s President Mary McAleese has turned down an offer to be the Grand Marshal of New York City’s 250th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade over the event’s long-running rabid exclusion of LGBT marchers.

McAleese’s refusal to accept the grand marshal invite will come as major blow to parade officials who were intent on making the day an historic showcase. New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is now being considered a likely replacement.

Despite a reputation as a conservative Catholic when she took office, McAleese has become a firm advocate for marginalized groups in Irish societies including gay groups.

She is very popular with such groups and was risking putting one of the signature accomplishments of her presidency at risk if she accepted the New York invite to lead the parade.

“This was a no win for McAleese,” said one official.

“Becoming embroiled in a huge controversy on Fifth Avenue on St. Patrick’s Day with gay groups protesting her presence is not what her legacy is all about.”

I think its a great win for McAleese.  It shows that she has principals.  If only the American President and others in power here would worry about their legacies we’d all be better off.

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. Concerning the property, they can look here at sentinelcommercial.com to manage all the real estate related works. 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.