Ireland government pledges civil unions legislation Alexis Unkovic at 3:47 PM ET
[JURIST] The government of Ireland said Thursday it will introduce new legislation next year recognizing the rights of both same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples to enter into civil unions, after debate [text] on a motion to restore the Civil Unions Bill 2006 [party backgrounder] stalled in the Irish Parliament [official website]. The opposition Irish Labour Party re-introduced [press release] the bill, previously debated in February 2007, earlier this week.
The government rejected the measure on the grounds it would violate the Irish constitution [text] by essentially granting married and unmarried couples the same legal entitlements. The Labour Party immediately expressed disappointment [press release] with the government's decision. The Belfast Telegraph has more.
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