Category Archives: The law

2010-09-17: NELFA CONFERENCE ON LGBT FAMILIES 2010

NELFA, first Journées européennes des familles homoparentales (JEFH) 2010 (Première European homoparental families convention (JEFH) 2010) Paris, 17th and 18th September 2010, Espace Reuilly, Paris 12. The European Conference on LGBT families is organised by the Network of European LGBT … Continue reading

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2010-09-16: Call for civil marriage legislation

Gay rights campaigners have called on the Government to legislate for civil marriage for same-sex couples following an Irish Times /Behaviour & Attitudes poll which showed a large majority of people in support of such a move. Continue reading

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Country information – what is what?

As we have seen, with Hague coming, things have changed, and relationships with “sending” countries are changing too. Understanding Hague… a story of Doors and Windows To add a bit of clarity, we have collated the various sources of information … Continue reading

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2010-09-15: 67% support gay marriage, 91% support civil partnership, only 38% oppose same-gender couples adoptions (46% support)

A poll suggests strong support for gay marriage (67%), a significant majority (60 per cent) also believe civil partnerships for gay couples will not undermine the institution of marriage. A large majority (91 per cent) also say they would not think less of a person if they revealed they were gay or lesbian.These numbers are consistently high across most age groups, as well as in urban and rural areas.People are divided, however, on whether gay couples should be allowed to adopt children. Some 46 per cent support such a move, while more than a third (38 per cent) are opposed. Continue reading

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2010-09-14: UK child border procedures defended

In a Newsnight probe, welfare groups criticised the failure of the UK Border Agency to tell all adults accompanying children about private fostering law. They said this left many children unregistered and vulnerable to abuse. Continue reading

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Understanding Hague… a story of Doors and Windows

You have heard that everything will change with Ireland finally ratifying the Hague Agreement. How so? Based on the idea that intercountry adoption can be achieved in two ways: through the Door or through the Window, let’s try to explain … Continue reading

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Civil Partnership vs Marriage… Tax-payers vs Parents (HRinI guest blog)

Human Rights in Ireland contacted us to write a blog about the Civil Partnership from the point of view of the impact on children of gay couples. Here is the link: http://www.humanrights.ie/index.php/2010/08/05/cpcroca-2010-naurice-on-family-protection-and-pink-adoption/ It has our guest blog but also read the … Continue reading

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Civil Partnership vs Marriage… Tax-payers vs Parents

For or against the Civil Partnership? The Civil Partnership is a step forward for tax-payers, a leap backward for children’s constitutional rights. The Civil Partnership is a good thing, because it is better than what we had before: gay couples … Continue reading

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Argentina may be first in South-America to allow same-gender marriage

Since the 28th December 2009, 7 same-gender couples have gotten married in Argentina, and it started a legal battle between the religious groups who claim the Law does not allow it, and the rest of society who is more or … Continue reading

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Adoption Authority of Ireland, new website

http://www.adoptionboard.ie is now redirected to their new website: http://www.aai.gov.ie/ Adoption in Ireland is regulated by the Adoption Board / Authority which is an independent quasi judicial statutory body appointed by Government. Adoptions in Ireland commenced on the 1st January, 1953 … Continue reading

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White knot, why not?

Universal marriage? Why not!
Pressure groups for equal rights to marry have not come up with a strong public symbol.
This one is simple: a white knot. Continue reading

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Labour Party and the Equality Authority want to recognise same-gender parents

The Labour Party http://www.labour.ie and the Equality Authority http://www.equality.ie have both suggested that anyone who has acted as a parent to a kid should be allowed to apply for legal guardianship of the child they are parenting. That would of … Continue reading

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South Africa allows pink adoptions

http://www.adoption.state.gov/country/south%20africa.html Who can adopt: RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: None specified. AGE REQUIREMENTS: The adoptive parent(s) must be over the age of 18. MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS: None. Both married couples and partners in a life partnership (including same-sex partners) can jointly adopt a child … Continue reading

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Young Fine Gael president is wrong about adoption and marriage

Check out http://www.examiner.ie/opinion/letters/partners-bill-does-not-require-a-referendum-119366.html, where Barry Walsh (http://www.yfg.ie/walsh.php), president of Young Fine Gael, states that a referendum is needed to allow adoption by gay couples, or gay couples to marry. He is 100% wrong: the constitution does not define adoption, and … Continue reading

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Lobbying: email your TD and Senator

This morning, we have sent the following email to each TD and each Senator. You can see their statements, and react to them, and you can post your own statement too. Dear [name] As a [function], your opinion is of … Continue reading

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