Same sex civil partnerships ceremonies will officially take place in Ireland from today.
Barry Dignam and Hugh Walsh are due to tie the knot today, having given the required 3 months notice to the State in January.
The Civil Partnership Act which was signed into law just before Christmas, brought the new law into effect from 1st January 2011. It’s understood that a small number of civil partnerships have already taken place in Ireland, by receiving an exemption from the required 3 months notice due to extenuating circumstances.
Results from a recent survey we conducted revealed that almost 72% of the Irish LGBT community surveyed believe that the new Act is not perfect but it is a step in the right direction. Couples will not be “married” under the Act, but 42% of respondents believe that Ireland will legislate for full marriage equality within the lifetime of our current Government.
If you’d like to know more about registering for a civil partnership in Ireland, read Civil Partnerships – The Basics.
We wish Hugh and Barry, and all other Civil Partnership couples the best of luck!