Ireland – Ireland’s president this week signed the nation’s Civil Partnership Bill into law.
President Mary McAleese signed the bill that will give civil partners most of the rights guaranteed to opposite-sex couples. The law, which will go into effect in the fall, will govern taxes, pensions, inheritance, power of attorney, social welfare and other legal matters.
“This is a great day for Ireland. Lesbian and gay people, their parents, families, friends neighbors, colleagues can now look forward to celebrating their civil partnerships in the near future," said Kieran Rose of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network.
“It is a tribute to the openness and welcoming nature of Irish society and the commitment of all our legislators and is a major civil rights milestone for lesbian and gay people."