Same-sex New York marriages to be recognised in Ireland

Same-sex marriages from New York are to be recognised as Irish civil partnerships, following an order today from Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

“This is excellent news for those Irish people in New York who have married since the law was enacted there this July," said chairperson of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) Kieran Rose.

Any Ireland-based couples who have availed of the new laws in New York will have the benefits, including recognition in the tax laws brought in by the Irish Government in July, applied to them.

Same-sex couples will also be treated in the same way as opposite sex couples for immigration purposes, ensuring that a US citizen married to an Irish citizen in New York will be able to live and work in Ireland.

However a similar couple based in Ireland would not have immigration rights to New York as civil marriage in New York is a state law and does not include federal rights, such as immigration.

The Ministerial Order will come into effect on Christmas Day.

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