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Sinn Féin disappointed at decision in Zappone/Gilligan case

14 December, 2006


Sinn Féin Justice, Equality and Law Reform spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has expressed his disappointment at the decision of the High Court this morning to reject the case brought by Dr Katherine Zappone, a public policy consultant, and Dr Anne Louise Gilligan to recognise their same-sex Canadian marriage. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said there was now an onus on the Government to bring forward reforms to give recognition to same-sex marriage.

The Dublin South-Central TD 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.

"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 disappointed at the decision by Ms Justice Dunne this morning and I continue to believe 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."

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