The movement for gay equality continues around parts of the world, but unfortunately not in the USA, the self-styled home of liberty and freedom- NOT. As 365gay.com is reporting (http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/11/113007dub.htm), Ireland will be moving forward in the spring with gay civil union legislation. What is interesting is the percentage of voters that support gay rights: 84 percent are in favor of some recognition of same-sex couples while 53 percent would allow gay couples to marry. Perhaps some of this arises from the Roman Catholic Church's continued exposure for hypocrisy in terms of sex abuse scandals, workhouse scandals and such. The change in Irish public opinion and the Church's growing inability to affect it whatsoever has been remarkable. Here are some story highlights:
(Dublin) The Irish government will bring in civil partnership legislation in March a cabinet minister told an LGBT group on Friday. Equality Minister Seam Power said he expects the bill to become law later in 2008. Power, speaking at a symposium on same-sex couple rights, that the government is keen to have the law passed as quickly as possible and he does not foresee any resistance from the opposition. The cabinet earlier this month approved granting same-sex couples the same rights as married couples, but without the name marriage.
Recent public opinion polls show that 84 percent are in favor of some recognition of same-sex couples while 53 percent would allow gay couples to marry.