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Government recognition of LGBT rights in the Republic of Ireland has expanded greatly over the past two decades. Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993, and discrimination based on sexual orientation is now outlawed. The state also forbids incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... The initialism LGBT also GLBT is in use (since the 1990s) to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... Queer studies is the study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. ... Image File history File links Gay_flag. ... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among women. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... Bisexual redirects here. ... A transwoman with XY written on her hand, at a protest in Paris, October 1, 2005. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... LGBT history refers to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cultures around the world, dating back to the first recorded instances of same-sex love and sexuality within ancient civilizations. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Same-sex marriage · LGBT adoption LGBT rights opposition · Heterosexism Violence This box:      This timeline of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history details notable events in the Common Era West. ... Gay Liberation (or Gay Lib) is the name used to describe the radical lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered movement of the late 1960s and early to mid 1970s in North America, Western Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. ... For the LGBT rights article for a particular country, see LGBT rights by country. ... 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Decriminalisation

Homosexuality was formally decriminalised in 1993. This was the result of a campaign by Senator David Norris and the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform which led to a ruling in 1988 that Irish laws prohibiting homosexual activities were in contravention of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform was founded in the 1970s to fight for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, its founding members including Senator Norris and current and former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson. Prior to 1993 certain laws dating from the nineteenth century rendered homosexual acts illegal. The relevant legislation was the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, and the 1885 Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, both enacted by the Parliament of the United Kingdom before Irish independence, and having been repealed in the UK in 1967. Despite the continuation of these statutes in Irish law, the state had a long-standing policy of prosecuting people only in cases where minors were involved or sexual acts were committed in public or without consent. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Type Upper house of Oireachtas Cathaoirleach Pat Moylan, Fianna Fáil since 13 September 2007 Members 60 Political groups Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Labour Party Independents Progressive Democrats Green Party Sinn Féin Last elections 2007 Meeting place Leinster House Web site www. ... For other persons named David Norris, see David Norris (disambiguation). ... The Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform was an organisation set up to campaign for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the Republic of Ireland in the 1970s. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... “ECHR” redirects here. ... The President of Ireland (Irish: ) is the head of state of Ireland. ... Mary Patricia McAleese (Irish: [1]; born 27 June 1951) is the eighth, and current President of Ireland. ... For the poet, see Mary Robinson (poet). ... The Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, An Act to make further provision for the Protection of Women and Girls, the suppression of brothels, and other purposes was the latest in a twenty-five year series of legislation in the United Kingdom beginnning with the Offences against the Person Act... Type Bicameral Houses House of Commons House of Lords Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin MP Speaker of the House of Lords Hélène Hayman, PC Members 1377 (646 Commons, 731 Peers) Political groups Labour Party Conservative Party Liberal Democrats Scottish National Party Plaid Cymru Democratic Unionist...


In 1983 David Norris took a case to the Supreme Court seeking to challenge the constitutionality of these laws but was unsuccessful. In its judgement (delivered by a 3-2 majority) the court referred to the "Christian and democratic nature of the Irish State" and argued that criminalisation served public health and the institution of marriage. For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... The Supreme Court (Irish: Chúirt Uachtarach) is the highest judicial authority in the Republic of Ireland. ...


In 1988 Norris took a case to the European Court of Human Rights to argue that Irish law was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. The court, in the case of Norris v. Ireland, ruled that the criminalisation of homosexuality in the Republic violated Article 8 of the Convention, which guarantees the right to privacy in personal affairs. The Irish parliament (Oireachtas) decriminalised homosexuality five years later, when the Minister for Justice, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, in the 1992–1994 Fianna FáilLabour coalition government included decriminalisation in a Bill to deal with various sexual offences. None of the parties represented in the Oireachtas opposed decriminalisation. Coincidentally, the task of signing the Bill decriminalising homosexual acts fell to the then President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, an outspoken defender of gay rights who as a barrister and Senior Counsel had represented Norris in his European Court of Human Rights case. European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), often referred to informally as the Strasbourg Court, was created to systematise the hearing of human rights complaints against States Parties to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by... The Oireachtas is the National Parliament of the Republic of Ireland. ... Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (b. ... Fianna Fáil – The Republican Party (Irish: ), commonly referred to as Fianna Fáil (IPA ; traditionally translated by the party into English as Soldiers of Destiny, though the actual meaning is Soldiers [Fianna] of Ireland[1]), is currently the largest political party in Ireland with 55,000 members. ... Logo of the Irish Labour Party The Irish Labour Party (Irish: Páirti an Lucht Oibre) is the third largest political party in the Republic of Ireland. ... For the poet, see Mary Robinson (poet). ... The title of Senior Counsel (postnominal SC; 資深大律師 in Hong Kong Cantonese [1] [2]; 高级律师 in Singapore Mandarin [3] [4]) or State Counsel is given to a senior barrister or advocate in some countries, especially in Commonwealth countries or jurisdictions in which the British monarch is no longer head of state, such...


Anti-discrimination laws


For the LGBT rights article for a particular country, see LGBT rights by country. ... Image File history File links Gay_flag. ...


Around the world World laws on homosexuality Legality of same-sex unions in the US. Legality of same-sex unions in Europe. ...


By country This list indexes the articles on LGBT rights in each country and significant non-country region (e. ...


History · Groups · Activists LGBT history refers to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cultures around the world, dating back to the first recorded instances of same-sex love and sexuality within ancient civilizations. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      Here is a list of gay-rights organizations around the world. ... A list of LGBT rights activists by country, in alphabetical order. ...


Declaration of Montreal Martina Navrátilová and Mark Tewksbury read the Declaration of Montreal at the opening ceremonies of the World Outgames. ...


Same-sex relationships Same-sex union can refer to: same-sex marriage -- the civil or religious rites of marriage that make it equivalent to opposite-sex marriages in all aspects. ...


Same-sex marriage · LGBT adoption Recognized in some regions United States (MA, CA eff. ... LGBT adoption refers to the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered people. ...


LGBT rights opposition · Heterosexism LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      LGBT rights opposition refers to various movements or attitudes which oppose the extension of certain rights to lesbian and gay people, and by extension to bisexuals, and... Heterosexism is the presumption that everyone is straight or heterosexual (i. ...


Violence It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Gay bashing. ...


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Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is outlawed by the Employment Equality Act, 1998 and the Equal Status Act, 2000. These laws forbid discrimination in any of the following areas: employment, vocational training, advertising, collective agreements, the provision of goods and services, and other publicly available opportunities.


Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act, does however allow religious organisations, medical institutions or educational institutions an exemption on employment grounds. If such an organisation wants to maintain the religious ethos or prevent the religious ethos from being undermined then it is not illegal under section 37 for them to discriminate. This applies to employment only.


Groups such as the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Irish National Teachers Organisation and the Irish Labour Party want to abolish section 37.


The Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act, 1989 outlaws incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation.


Same-sex marriage

At present Irish law does not provide for gay marriage or civil partnerships, although civil partnership is currently under consideration. With the entering into government of the Green Party with Fianna Fáil & the Progressive Democrats in June 2007, civil partnership legislation moved up the political agenda. On July 16, 2007, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said that "we will legislate for Civil Partnerships at the earliest possible date in the lifetime of this Government."[1] Following a cabinet meeting on Wednesday 30th of October 2007, the government said it would introduce legislation by the end of March 2008 and expects the bill to pass within a year of that. As of the end of April, no legislation had been presented by the cabinet, though many speculated that this was due to the resignation of Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach over the same period. The Green Party/Comhaontas Glas was founded as the Ecology Party of Ireland in 1981. ... Fianna Fáil – The Republican Party (Irish: ), commonly referred to as Fianna Fáil (IPA ; traditionally translated by the party into English as Soldiers of Destiny, though the actual meaning is Soldiers [Fianna] of Ireland[1]), is currently the largest political party in Ireland with 55,000 members. ... The Progressive Democrats (Irish An Páirtí Daonlathach, lit. ... Patrick Bartholomew Bertie Ahern (Irish: Pádraig Parthalán Ó hEachthairn, born 12 September 1951) is an Irish politician who served as the Taoiseach of Ireland from 26 June 1997 to 7 May 2008. ...


The most recent survey, carried out in 2008, showed that 84% of Irish people supported civil marriage or civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples, with 58% (up from 51%) supporting full marriage rights in registry offices. The number who believe homosexuals should only be allowed to have civil partnerships fell in the same period, from 33% to 26%.[2] 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, began recognizing same-sex civil partnerships in December 2005.[1] Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ...


Justice Minister Brian Lenihan described it as one of the most important pieces of social legislation in the history of the country.


Lenihan said that the bill would deal with pension rights, maintenance and powers of attorney.


Under the bill, he said, same-sex couples would be allowed to register their relationships.


But he sidestepped questions about what the relationships would be called, only that it would not be marriage. Recent reports have indicated that adoption rights will not be granted to same-sex couples as they are afforded to opposite-sex couples.


Although most LGBT advocacy groups cautiously welcomed the Government's legislation, there have been criticisms of the proposals. One major criticism states that the legislation effectively enshrines discrimination in law insofar as separate contractual arrangements with greater privileges will continue to exist for opposite-sex marriages concurrent to lesser arrangements for those wishing to take out Civil Partnerships. In particular, the alleged denial of adoption rights to couples with a Civil Partnership may prove contentious.


On May 7th, 2008, Dermot Ahern replaced Brian Lenihan as Minister for Justice & Law Reform in Taoiseach Brian Cowen's first administration.


Adoption

Irish adoption law currently only allows for applications to adopt children by married couples or single applicants. It is therefore not possible for a gay couple to jointly apply to adopt, but a single gay person or one partner of a couple may apply. For other uses, see Adoption (disambiguation). ...


Fostering

Even though joint-adoption by a gay couple is not possible, a same-sex couple may submit an joint application to foster children as there is a dire need for foster parents.


Blood ban

At present the Irish Blood Transfusion Service has placed a ban on donations from males who have ever had anal or oral sex with another male, even if a condom or other form of protection was used[3]. The IBTS publically admit this is 'clearly discriminatory'[4]. Groups such as the Union of Students in Ireland have been campaigning for this ban to be repealed Logo of IBTS The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) was established in the Republic of Ireland as the Blood Transfusion Service Board (BTSB) by the Blood Transfusion Service Board (Establishment) Order, 1965, it took its current name in April 2000 by Statutory Instrument issued by the Minister for Heath and...


Transgender Equality in Ireland

Ireland is the only country in the EU that refuses to legally recognise gender change. There is at present a case being taken by Dr Lydia Foy to have her new gender legally recognised. On 19th October 2007 Dr. Foy won her case in the High Court to get a birth certificate in her female gender.[citation needed]


May 2008, the Irish High Court finally ended a transgender woman's 10-year legal struggle for state recognition, by ruling that the government had to grant her identity papers corresponding to the gender she lived in. The decision marked the first time that the High Court had ever found an Irish law incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. The "Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Law in Relation to Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity," which spell out international legal standards for protecting against violence and discrimination, state that: "Each person's self-defined sexual orientation and gender identity is integral to their personality and is one of the most basic aspects of self-determination, dignity and freedom.


Political parties

Public opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of LGBT rights,[5] [6] and thus most of the political parties have followed suit with a liberal or left-wing social policy. The Fine Gael party supports extending to same-sex couples a "civil partnership" [1]. The Labour Party in contrast favours a civil unions approach, as an interim measure to provide equality of outcome in advance of a referendum to allow for same-sex marriage. There are no elected extreme left or extreme right parties in the Republic as most Irish people are moderates, in fact there is a universal distain of all kinds of extremism, as most people associate extremism with racism. The initialism LGBT also GLBT is in use (since the 1990s) to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition... Fine Gael – The United Ireland Party, usually referred to as Fine Gael (IPA: , though often anglicised to ; approximate English translation: Family/Tribe of the Irish, is the second largest political party in the Republic of Ireland with a membership of over 34,000, and is the largest opposition party in... Logo of the Irish Labour Party The Irish Labour Party (Irish: Páirti an Lucht Oibre) is the third largest political party in the Republic of Ireland. ... A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing homosexual couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexuals (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by couples of differing sexes who do not...


According to a recent poll 2008, 58% of Irish people support full gay marriage while 26% support civil partnerships.


Sinn Féin support same-sex marriage, as does the Socialist Party. For pre-Arthur Griffith use of the political name, see Sinn Féin (19th century). ... As of 2004, the Socialist Party is Irelands newest political party. ...


In December 2006 The Labour Party, launched a Civil Union Bill which they brought before the Dáil in March 2007. The bill was supported by Sinn Féin, Fine Gael, the Green Party and the majority of independents, however it was opposed by the two Government Parties of Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats and was therefore defeated. The Labour Party, promised a bill which also allowed for gay adoption would be on the top of their priorities should they overthrow the Government in the Irish General Election 2007, but they did not manage to do so. In the aftermath of the General Election, the Labour Party reintroduced their Civil Unions Bill, which was supported by Sinn Féin and Fine Gael. The Green Party, then part of the governing coalition, voted against the bill, favouring their continued advocacy for same-sex partnership rights from within government. December 2006 is the twelfth and final month of the year and will begin in 2 day(s). ... The Labour Party (Irish: Páirtí an Lucht Oibre) is a Democratic Socialist political party in the Republic of Ireland. ... For pre-Arthur Griffith use of the political name, see Sinn Féin (19th century). ... Fine Gael – The United Ireland Party, usually referred to as Fine Gael (IPA: , though often anglicised to ; approximate English translation: Family/Tribe of the Irish, is the second largest political party in the Republic of Ireland with a membership of over 34,000, and is the largest opposition party in... The Labour Party (Irish: Páirtí an Lucht Oibre) is a Democratic Socialist political party in the Republic of Ireland. ... This article is about the general election in the Republic of Ireland. ...


In 2006, at the opening of the new headquarters of the gay rights organisation GLEN in Dublin, the then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said; The Taoiseach (IPA: , phonetic: TEE-shock — plural: Taoisigh ( or ), also referred to as An Taoiseach [1], is the head of government or prime minister of the Republic of Ireland . ... Patrick Bartholomew Bertie Ahern (Irish: Pádraig Parthalán Ó hEachthairn, born 12 September 1951) is an Irish politician who served as the Taoiseach of Ireland from 26 June 1997 to 7 May 2008. ...


"Our sexual orientation is not an incidental attribute. It is an essential part of who and what we are. All citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, stand equal in the eyes of our laws. Sexual orientation cannot, and must not, be the basis of a second-class citizenship."


This was widely welcomed by the Irish gay community, as it is an extremely positive statement coming from the leader of the country's most conservative party, which had less than 20 years earlier actively ignored the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in Norris vs. Ireland.


The only Irish political party that has officially come out in opposition to LGBT rights is the small Christian Solidarity Party, who have never had an elected representative. The Christian Solidarity Party (An Comhar Críostaí) is a political party in the Republic of Ireland without parliamentary representation. ...


Gay life in the country

Cities

The gay scene on the island of Ireland is quite developed and Irish society has become very tolerant as a result of increased prosperity and rising liberal attitudes. Indeed many foreigners comment that for such a small island nation of 6 million people, there's so much going on, with vibrant gay scenes in all Irish cities Dublin (4 pubs + 13 club venues), Belfast (4 pubs + 5 club venues), Cork (4 pubs + 5 club venues), Limerick, Derry, Galway and Waterford. There are 8 Gay Lesbian Resource centres in Ireland, 1 LGBT centre in Dublin, 1 LGBT centre in Belfast, 1 gay centre & 1 lesbian centre in Cork, 1 LGBT drop-in centre in Limerick, 1 LGBT centre in Derry, 1 LGBT centre in Waterford and 1 LGBT drop-in centre in Dundalk. This article is about the city. ... For other places with similar names, see Derry (disambiguation) and Londonderry (disambiguation). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference M300256 Statistics Province: Connacht County: Dáil Éireann: Galway West European Parliament: North-West Dialling Code: 091 Postal District(s): G Area: 50. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference S604123 Statistics Province: Munster County: Area: 41. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


There are also some gay communities in the smaller towns in Ireland such as Drogheda, Dundalk, Ennis, Tralee, Sligo and Kilkenny. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference O088754 Statistics Province: Leinster County: Elevation: 1 m Population (2006)  - Proper  - Environs    28,973[1]  6,117[1] Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... For people named Ennis, see Ennis (surname). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference Q828141 Statistics Province: Munster County: Elevation: 37 m Population (2006)  - Town:  - Rural:   20,258  1,932 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ...


All Irish cities and many smaller towns celebrate Gay Pride with parades and festivals. The town of Sligo with less than 20,000 inhabitants has its own annual Gay Pride parade and festival and is warmly received and supported by the local population, something which is becoming increasingly common in rural Ireland. It is more than likely the smallest city in the world with its own gay pride parade. Front line of Gay Pride parade in Paris, France; June 2005 Gay pride or LGBT pride refers to a world wide movement and philosophy asserting that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference G685354 Statistics Province: Connacht County: Elevation: 13 m Population (2006)  - Town:  - Rural:   17,892 [1]  24,096[1] Website: www. ...


The gay scene across the island of Ireland is brought together during the annual Alternative Miss Ireland drag contest and Mr Gay Ireland events. Panti appearing on publicity poster for Alternative MIss Ireland 2006. ...


Saint Patrick's Day is another occasion for gays to party, as all of Ireland's etnically diverse population including the gay community take an active part in the St. Patrick's Day parades and celebrations accross the island in cities such as Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Derry, Galway and Waterford. St. ...


Dublin's famed Dragqueen Panti is the parade marshall in the Dublin St. Paddy's Day parade where an estimated 600,000 spectators attend. Publicity photo of Panti for Alternative Miss Ireland 2003. ...


Annual events

Each city has its own range of LGBT-themed annual events:


All-Ireland Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ...


Dublin: (pop 1.7m) Panti appearing on publicity poster for Alternative MIss Ireland 2006. ... St. ... The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament or the Bingham Cup is a biannual international, non-professional, gay rugby union tournament. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ...

  • Mr Gay Dublin
  • Alternative Miss Philippines
  • ALAF - Lesbian arts festival - March/April
  • Dublin Gay Theatre Festival - May
  • GAZE - Dublin Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - August
  • Dublin Gay Pride parade & festival - June
  • Lesbian Lives - international conference - February
  • World Aid's Day - charity event


Belfast: (pop 800,000) Dublin Gay Theatre Festival logo. ... This article is about the capital city of Northern Ireland. ...

  • Belfast Gay Pride parade & festival
  • Mr Gay Belfast


Cork: (pop 400,000) Look up cork in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

  • Alternative Miss Cork - February/March
  • Cork Women's Fun Weekend - May
  • Cork Gay Pride parade & festival - June
  • Outlook - Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - October
  • Lesbian Fanstasy Ball - November
  • Mr Gay Cork


Limerick: (pop 100,000) This article is about the city. ...

  • Limerick Gay Pride parade & festival
  • Alternative Miss Limerick


Derry: (pop 100,000) For other places with similar names, see Derry (disambiguation) and Londonderry (disambiguation). ...

  • Derry Gay Pride festival


Galway: (pop 70,000) WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference M300256 Statistics Province: Connacht County: Dáil Éireann: Galway West European Parliament: North-West Dialling Code: 091 Postal District(s): G Area: 50. ...

  • Galway Gay Pride parade & festival
  • Alternative Miss Galway


Waterford: (pop 50,000) WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference S604123 Statistics Province: Munster County: Area: 41. ...

  • Waterford Gay Pride festival

Summary table

Homosexuality legal Since 1992, See Norris_v._Ireland
Equal age of consent
Anti-discrimination laws in employment Employment Equality Act, 1998
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services Equal Status Act, 2000
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act, 1989
Recognition of same-sex couples (Civil Partnership Bill 2008 getting put forward in March 2008)
Adoption by single gays
Adoption by same-sex couples
Fostering by same-sex couples
Gays allowed to serve in the military
Right to change legal gender (right to legal gender change won in Irish High Court, May 2008)
Access to IVF for lesbians (challenged)
MSMs allowed to donate blood (challenged)

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See also

The Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform was an organisation set up to campaign for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the Republic of Ireland in the 1970s. ... The Republic of Ireland does not recognize same sex marriage or civil unions and neither is there currently any kind of provision for unmarried cohabiting couples, homosexual or indeed heterosexual. ... In the early 1950s the police were actively enforcing the laws affecting homosexual men (some say this was a result of CIA pressure following the Burgess–Maclean spy scandal). ... Ireland does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions and neither is there currently any kind of provision for unmarried cohabiting couples, whether homosexual or heterosexual. ... This article needs cleanup. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Grew, T. "Ireland to get civil partnerships", [Pinknews.co.uk], 17 July 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2007.
  2. ^ "Increased support for gay marriage - Survey", BreakingNews.ie, March 31, 2008. 
  3. ^ http://www.ibts.ie/generic.cfm?mID=2&sID=79
  4. ^ http://www.ibts.ie/generic.cfm?mID=2&sID=80
  5. ^ Majority favours gay marriage rights - RTÉ News
  6. ^ 84% Support Legal Recognition for Same Sex Relationships - Lansdowne National Opinion Poll
The list of unrecognized countries enumerates those geo-political entities which lack general diplomatic recognition, but wish to be recognized as sovereign states. ...  Southwest Asia in most contexts. ... The borders of the continents are the limits of the several continents of the Earth, as defined by various geographical, cultural, and political criteria. ...  The North American plate, shown in brown The North American Plate is a tectonic plate covering most of North America, extending eastward to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and westward to the Cherskiy Range in East Siberia. ...  The African plate, shown in pinkish-orange The African Plate is a tectonic plate covering the continent of Africa and extending westward to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. ...

 
 

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