Saturday 25 February 2017

Medb Ruane: Let's applaud an Act that makes sure all Davids and Colms never again have to grieve alone

Fight for your rights: Colin Firth was frozen out by the family of his late gay partner inA Single Man. The new Civil Partnership Bill should make life easier here in the future.
Fight for your rights: Colin Firth was frozen out by the family of his late gay partner inA Single Man. The new Civil Partnership Bill should make life easier here in the future.

Happy days, when a loved-up piece of republican legislation shimmies through the Dail in time for the holidays. It's a bright chapter in the recent history of Irishness, the first in a while.

Imperfect too (because it's a solution to an Irish problem), the forthcoming Civil Partnership Act is less than it should be but even as is, it's provoking fire and brimstone from the old order. Some say it legitimises gay and lesbian relationships and could undermine the institution of marriage. Others call it homophobia dressed up as moral authority.

The Act in fact speaks more to heterosexual than gay/lesbian partners because there's an almighty legal mess around cohabiting relationships. But symbolically, it's a shining acknowledgment that same-sex partners are as entitled to civil rights as everyone else. The light it projects into a future Ireland is about hope and supportiveness. (Call me naive, if you must.)

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