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Government must ensure no LGBT families left behind when it comes to parental rights – Mitchell

11 July, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has said the Government needs to ensure that all LGBT families are treated equally when it comes to parental rights.

While broadly supporting the Children and Family Relationships Bill, which affords equal parental rights for some LGBT couples, Deputy Mitchell said that more is needed:

“We cannot ignore the fact that this Bill simply does not go far enough. Male same-sex couples are largely going to be left behind when it comes to parental rights.  Many female same-sex couples, including those who travelled abroad for fertility treatment, are also not covered by the legislation.

“The children of these families know exactly who their parents are, they don’t need the Government to tell them that. But what they do need is for the State to recognise it in law and treat them equally.

“So, I want to welcome this Bill, but as I said, it doesn’t go far enough and we cannot allow any families to be excluded or left behind. The Government needs to commit to urgently bringing forward further legislation to cover those not included in this Bill.” 

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