Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the first civil partnership ceremonies celebrated in Ireland.
“I want to offer my congratulations to Hugh Walsh and Barry Dignam who celebrated the first civil partnership in Ireland last Tuesday. It is a hugely important occasion for them but also for all gay and lesbian couples in the country. Civil partnerships convey official state recognition on same-sex relationships for the first time, along with providing a range of important protections in areas such as taxation, inheritance, the family home and social welfare”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“As the legal advisor to the Green Party on the issue of civil partnerships, I am very proud of the role we played in ensuring that the last government fulfilled its promise to legislate for same sex relationships. While full marriage equality remains the goal of the Green Party, civil partnerships are an important first step in this direction”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.