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Gay community must be afforded full marriage rights – Ó Snodaigh

26 June, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Equality and Human Rights Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said the Civil Partnership Bill published by the Government today does not go far enough to provide full equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said while he recognises the need for and welcomes the rights included in civil partnership, full equality will only be delivered when the right to marry is legislated for the Gay community.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “The necessity for the rights included in civil partnership, such as inheritance, visitation and residency rights is are urgent and therefore we support their implementation through civil partnership even though it is not full equality.

“We also recognise that some couples, both heterosexual and same sex, do not wish to marry and would only want a civil partnership status. Therefore we welcome the publication of the Civil Partnership Bill today.

“However, we agree that full equality for gays and lesbians will only be achieved by allowing those who wish to marry and/or adopt to do so. This should be legislated for immediately.” ENDS

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