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Sinn Féin aims to eliminate discrimination against same sex and non-married couples and families

28 April, 2006


Responding to calls for submissions to the Working Group on Domestic Partnerships, established under the auspices of the Department of Justice, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh said "the aim of our submission, which we lodged today, is to eliminate discrimination against same sex and non-married couples and families."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Sinn Fein supports the rights of all to cohabit, to found a family (including by adoption) and to enter into marriage or civil partnership regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

"We seek to build an Ireland of Equals and are determined to eliminate all discrimination on this island, including all forms of discrimination against same sex and non-married couples and families.

"Unmarried long-term heterosexual partnerships are currently excluded from a variety of protections, as are lesbian and gay partnerships. Sinn Fein would seek to reverse this.

"I am of the view that by failing to rectify the increasing disparity between the rights of lesbian, gay and transsexual people on each part of the island the government are failing to meet their obligations under the equivalence provisions of the Good Friday Agreement."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh also called on the Working Group, during the conduct of its work, "to continue to seek and give due consideration to the views of those who are likely to be affected. This should be done in an ongoing and active manner."

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