Ireland accepts foreign gay marriages – but as civil partnerships

Posted Jan 13, 2011 by Andrew John
Ireland is the latest country to accept gay marriages as well as civil partnerships that were conducted in other countries. But same-sex marriage will be downgraded to the status of civil partnership.
Gay couples in Ireland now have almost the same rights as married couples, thanks to the republic’s new civil-partnership laws, according to Pink News.
“Some unions, such as French PACS, will not be recognised because they are deemed not to offer as many rights as Irish marriages or civil partnerships,” says the gay-news outlet.
“Unions from 27 countries or states will be recognised, 17 of which currently give gay couples the right to marry. Couples will be automatically considered as civil partners and will not need to register.”
Pink News quotes Brian Sheehan of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, who said: “Same-sex couples who have already celebrated their relationships and made formal commitments to each other by having a civil marriage or civil partnership in another country will today have those relationships recognised in Ireland. This recognition will provide significant protections for these couples.”
The first civil-partnership ceremonies in the country will take place in early April.