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Ireland Closer to Gay Partnerships

Irish President Bertie Ahern unveiled the new Gay and Lesbian Equality Network today. He said that Ireland will deliver a domestic partnership law. Yes, Ireland! A very Catholic country will allow for domestic partnerships before the US.

Ugh, this is great for them, but embarrassing that the US is so far behind. It is important to note that Ahern did not give a time line for when he will deliver the legislation. My guess is that it will be after elections. Can President Ahern use his influence to help progress for gay marriage in the US?

Posted by Catherine on April 3, 2006
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Hi, good blog but Bertie Ahern is the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, not the president. That happens to be a very fine lady by the name of Mary McAleese. Bet you wish you could swap!

Posted by: Richard | Apr 3, 2006 3:41:07 PM

I'm afraid Ireland hasn't been "very Catholic" in a long time. The US is a country with a far more overt religious display than any European country I know, including an Ireland - an Irish political leader would never lead a prayer service or say "God bless Ireland". I'll be honest and say most Europeans find the religious fervour of US politicians quite disturbing and increasingly scary.

Posted by: potato | Apr 3, 2006 4:09:26 PM

Came here to correct a few things, and glad to see that others have done it already. Ireland is a Republic with all citizens entitled to practice any or no religion of their volition.
Ahern is the Prime Minister, not President.

By the way, Laim is at least half Westy, yeah? For a cat, I just love those dogs!

The Cat

Posted by: The Cat | Apr 21, 2006 2:40:42 AM

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