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862 couples have taken advantage of Ireland’s new legislation Photo by: Google Images

In just 17 months, every county in Ireland has hosted a civil partnership ceremony

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862 couples have taken advantage of Ireland’s new legislation Photo by: Google Images

New figures compiled by GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) in Ireland show that every county has now hosted a civil partnership ceremony since they were legalized in 2011.

The Journal reports on GLEN’s finds, which were compiled using data from the General Registrar’s Office.

In January 2011, same-sex partnerships became legal under the Civil Partnerships and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010. People who wanted to enter such partnerships were required to give three months’ notice, thus the first ceremonies were not held until April 2011.

Since April 2011, 862 couples have entered into civil partnerships under the new legislation, with every county playing host to at least one ceremony. Aside from hosting the ceremonies, every county also serves as home to a same-sex couple.

Not surprisingly, Dublin has the highest number of residents who are in civil partnerships with 457. 76 couples live in Cork, 31 in Limerick, and 29 in Galway.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Co Monaghan, with only two same-sex partnerships according to the figures. Three couples live in Leitrim and Laois, while Roscommon is home to four.

Analysis of the data shows that over three-fifths of couples entering same-sex partnerships were male, while those entering civil partnerships included citizens of 60 countries other than Ireland.

These figures reported by GLEN do not include the number of couples who had already entered into civil partnerships in other countries, and whose partnerships were automatically recognised by Ireland when the law kicked in.

Kieran Rose, chairman of GLEN, said the couples are “the pioneers who are transforming the perception of lesbian and gay relationships all across the country.”

“By their public acts of love and commitment they are laying the foundations for further progress towards civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples,” he said.
 

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