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Civil partnership should not be substitute for full marriage and adoption rights – Ó Snodaigh

1 April, 2008


Sinn Féin Equality Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said legislation covering civil partnerships should not be a substitute for the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry and adopt children. Speaking ahead of the publication of legislation which is expected to extend limited rights to homosexual couples Deputy Ó Snodaigh said homosexual people should be entitled to full equality with heterosexual people.

He said, "While I would welcome some of the measures which are reportedly to be contained in the Civil Partnership Bill this should not be a substitute for the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry and adopt children.

"While it is right and proper that same sex couples can avail of the same financial benefits of marriage as heterosexual couples the failure to provide the rights to marry and adopt children means that homosexual couples are still being denied full equality.

"Sinn Féin supports the right to civil partnerships; however we believe that it should not be seen as a substitute for the right to marry. Full equality for gays and lesbians will be achieved only when same sex couples can enter into either civil partnerships or marriages, according to their own choice and when they are given the right to adoption which they should be entitled to." ENDS

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