New bill will allow same-sex couples to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty will today confirm Government approval for the preparation of a bill which will affirm the parental rights of same-sex couples on the birth certificates of children born through donor-assisted births.

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13 jobs at risk at marriage counselling centre amid same-sex services dispute

Staff at the Cork Marriage Counselling Centre are at risk of redundancy after the Cork and Ross Social Services said it could not sign a service-level agreement with Tusla, in part because it may be “inconsistent with the ethos of the Diocese of Cork & Ross”.

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UK minister for equalities: Same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland is in my in tray

Comments by the minister for women and equalities sparked a point of order from a member of the DUP.

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Women in same-sex marriages still not both officially parents

The State has boasted about 'fast-tracking' abortion legislation, but three years after the Children and Family Relationships Act not everyone's parental rights have been acknowledged, says Brian Tobin

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Same-sex marriage a key issue as Costa Ricans elect leader

Costa Ricans have voted in a presidential race shaken by an international court ruling saying the country should let same-sex couples get married.

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European court opens hearing on recognising same-sex marriages

The European Court of Justice has opened a hearing on the recognition of same-sex marriages in European Union countries where they are not legal.

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Anglican Church of Canada rejects same-sex marriage - by a single vote

The Anglican Church of Canada has voted against allowing same-sex marriages by the thinnest of margins after nearly a week of passionate debate about blessing the unions.

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WATCH: Kentucky clerk Kim Davis says 'I'm not a homophobe'

The Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licences to gay couples says she is not a homophobe and has never said anything hateful.

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Controversial US clerk Kim Davis 'won't interfere' when same-sex couples seek marriage licences

A Kentucky clerk has said that she is not going to interfere with her deputies issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples.

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Donations flood in for US florist fined for refusing to sell to same-sex couple

A florist in the US fined US$1,000 (€911) for refusing to sell a same-sex couple wedding flowers has netted almost $95,000 (€86,511) in a crowdfunding campaign.

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New family Bill 'most important in State's history': Taoiseach

The Taoiseach has said the new Child and Family Relationships Bill is "the most important change in family legislation since the foundation of the State".

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Cabinet to discuss country's first-ever surrogacy laws

Cabinet ministers are due to discuss Ireland's first ever laws governing surrogacy today.

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72% think Varadkar's sexuality will not affect Taoiseach chances

Nearly three quarters of the country think Leo Varadkar's sexuality will not damage his chances of becoming Taoiseach.

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Poll casts doubt on same-sex marriage Yes vote

A new poll has cast doubt over the lead of the Yes side in the same-sex marriage referendum.

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Estonia backs same-sex partnerships

Estonia’s parliament has narrowly passed legislation to legalise gay partnerships, making it the first former Soviet republic to do so.

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Gay-marriage groups hope UK moves will prompt change here

Supporters of gay marriage in Ireland are hoping the move to legislate for gay marriage in the UK will influence the Irish Government.

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Same-sex marriage legalised in Argentina

Argentina today legalised same-sex marriage, becoming the first in Latin America to give gays and lesbians all the legal rights of heterosexual couples.

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FF Senator leads campaign against Civil Partnership Bill

Up to 30 members of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party have reportedly signed a motion to reverse the Government's decision to allow gay and lesbian couples register their relationships with the State.

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Govt 'dragging heels' on same-sex marriage: Group

A new gay rights action group claims the Government has the ability to instantly abolish the law barring same-sex marriage.

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Govt reiterates commitment to same-sex partnerships

The Government has reiterated its commitment to introducing legislation allowing for same-sex civil partnerships.

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Activists to demand equal rights for same-sex couples

Gay rights activists will today highlight calls for full rights for same-sex couples.

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