Oct 29, 2007
Quickie Link: Justice Minister Urged to Act on Same-Sex Unions
(Ireland) - Justice Minister Brian Lenihan was under pressure from the Greens last night to act on civil partnerships for same-sex couples, as Labour moved to expose government tensions on the issue. Senior Green Party figures have been lobbying Mr Lenihan for a number of weeks to prioritise the reform agreed in the programme for Government. They are believed to want a firm commitment announced before Labour brings its Civil Unions Bill back to the Dáil later in the week. The Labour bill, to be debated on Wednesday and Thursday, provides that in most respects the rules of law applying to marriage will also apply to same sex civil unions.