48:4 – Civil Partnership Bill Passes the Seanad
Yesterday evening the Seanad (the upper chamber of the Irish Parliament) passed all Stages of the Civil Partnership Bill. Following an intense debate over two days, a vote was finally called with 48 senators supporting the Bill and 4 voting against.
All political parties strongly welcomed the Bill in their closing statements in the debate. Senator David Norris in his closing statement said: “I am proud that this day has come. It is a massive overwhelming victory. It is a victory, not for gay people nor for Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, the Green Party, Labour or the Independents; it is a victory for decency and for this country”.
Very many speakers from all political parties recognised the omission of children from the Bill and strongly affirmed the need to quickly bring forward legislation to recognise, protect and support children in same-sex families as part of urgently needed reform to address family diversity in Ireland.
The Bill has now completed it’s passage through the Oireachtas (Parliament) and goes to the President of Ireland to be signed into law.
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