Civil Partnership Bill passes all stages

Civil Partnership Bill passes all stages

The Civil Partnership Bill has passed all stages in Leinster House.

The controversial legislation was supported by 48 votes to 4 in the Seanad this evening after two days of debates on proposed amendments.

It was passed by TDs in the Dáil last week.

The Bill - which will give rights to gay and lesbian couples - will now go forward to the President Mary McAleese who will sign the legislation into law.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said the passage of the Bill is a good day for politics.

"It's a proud day for my party that we have been able to bring forward this very progressive piece of legislation," Minister Ahern said.

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