Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ann Louise Gilligan's contribution lives on

Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Editorial

Editorial

The morning after our new Taoiseach was elected, a figure who paved the way for him to ascend to this office sadly passed away.

In his acceptance speech, Leo Varadkar acknowledged how the same-sex marriage referendum "enabled me to become an equal citizen in my own country only two short years ago and to aspire to hold this office - an aspiration which I once thought was beyond my reach, at least if I chose to be myself".

An important step on the road to marriage equality was the case that would go on to be known as Zappone and Gilligan versus Revenue Commissioners, in which Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan unsuccessfully sought recognition of their Canadian marriage.

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