Ireland legalized civil partnerships in January as a means to recognize same-sex partners, but Marriage Equality Ireland this week released a powerful short film about why nothing less than full marriage equality will do.
The short film, entitled “Rory’s Story,” hits hard on the issue of how civil partnerships do not grant the same legal rights as marriage, particularly in the area of adoption. This can have profound and devastating consequences as you will see in the video:
Research currently being carried out by the group identifies over 140 disparities between Ireland’s civil partnerships and full marriage equality.
Charity director Monnine Griffith said in an interview with Pink News that while civil partnerships were a step in the right direction for same-sex partners, they are not enough:
“For example, civil partnership does not allow children to have a legally recognised relationship with both of their parents – only the biological one. This causes all sorts of problems with schools and hospitals as well as around guardianship, access and custody. We need the government to legislate for equality for same sex families and access to marriage would give these rights and security to hundreds of families around Ireland. We are asking people to watch the film online and then get involved with the campaign.”
To find out more about the campaign and to get involved, you can go here.
The lack of full marriage equality legislation looks set to cause harm to Ireland’s trans population too who, after long suffering without legal recognition look set to be given a way to have the law acknowledge their gender change but with a few troubling conditions: The draft-legislation would require applicants to divorce their partner if they are transitioning to the same-sex as that partner. The same goes for if a person is in an existing civil partnership and wishes to transition to the opposite-sex as their partner. This means another legal hoop to jump through, and potentially a heart wrenching and costly mandate for those already in happy partnerships, all of which could be avoided if Ireland recognized marriage equality. Read more on that here.