Minister for Justice Alan Shatter recognises more foreign marriages and civil unions

06 January 2013

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD., has made an order recognising marriages of lesbian and gay couples from Denmark and Washington State in the US, and Civil Unions from Delaware and Hawaii as Irish Civil Partnerships.

The Order came into effect on 31st December 2012. The Order builds on previous similar Orders and means that 43 forms of marriage or civil partnership of lesbian and gay couples from 35 jurisdictions are now recognised in Ireland, and have the same rights and entitlements as Irish Civil Partnership.

Irish-based couples in any of these relationships will automatically be subject to the same legal regime and the same rights and obligations as a couple who enter into a civil partnership in Ireland.

These extensive marriage-like rights and obligations are outlined in a comprehensive GLEN/ICCL guide launched before Christmas by the Chief Justice, the Hon Mrs Justice Susan Denham in the Four Courts. That 'Know Your Rights' guide is availlable here.

  • GLEN Press Release: More Foreign Marriages and Civil Unions of Same-Sex Couples Recognised in Ireland
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  • Full List of Foreign Relationships Recognised in Ireland - January 2013
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