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Sinn Féin supports marriage rights for same sex couples

29 November, 2006

Responding report of 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:

"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." ENDS

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