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Video of Civil Partnership Commencement Order Ceremony released

December 25th, 2010 · 15 Comments · Equality, Irish Politics, LGBT, Same Sex Partnerships, Social Policy

As reported earlier this week the commencement order for the  Civil Partnership and Certain Rights of Cohabitants Act 2010 was signed by Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern.

A video has been released of the signing ceremony (can anyone point me to any other ocassion or legislation where such a ceremony has been made so public in Ireland?)

The commencement order means that the first civil partnerships can take place in April 2011 after three months notice have been given to the Civil Registrar. Those who have marriages and Civil Partnerships from other countries will have their relationships immediately recognised from January 3 2011.  The Act will also see those in same sex relationships policed by the state – ie those living together (and not in a civil partnership) will be treated as being dependents for the purposes of social welfare payments.

Information onf Civil Partnerships and the requirements can be found here.

(Video Courtesy of Karl Hayden)


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15 Comments so far

  • Ted

    Many thanks for revealing this great day and in particular publishing the dates of the commencement of the Act and the recognition in Ireland of foreign civil partnerships. One looked in vain in the Irish Times for this information which is of such importance to so many people. Happy Christmas.

  • Maman Poulet

    Happy Christmas Ted! Thanks for all your comments and interest during the year.

  • Tipster

    BBC Northern Ireland is reporting it:

    My own view is that the signing of a commencement order is not itself an important newsworthy story, unless there was any reason to doubt that it might not have been signed (for example, if the budget had not been passed).

    The news-worth piece would be one of the following:
    (a) the first applications giving the three-months notice are made when the registrars’ offices open next week, or
    (b) if a couple applies for a speeded up process (as happened when the ban on divorce was lifted, to allow a dying man to re-marry), or
    (c) when the first ceremony takes place in April.

    (Given GLEN’s special relationship with the Department of Justice, as evidenced by the making of the video, I wouldn’t be surprised if the first “routine” ceremony involved some of their board or staff.)

  • Ted

    Thanks for the link Tipster. All of the above are important. January 3rd is also important as from that day people like myself, who have foreign civil partnerships, will obtain immediate recognition from the state and gain a whole host of legal rights. As this is the first time this has happened in the history of the State and I will be one of the first civil partnerships to be recognised in Ireland I certainly plan to celebrate! – God willing.

  • Conor McGahon

    As one who entered into a CP in the first year of its enactment in Northern Ireland I wholeheartedly agree with Ted. I too would like to add my voice to mark this step forward. The recognition of one’s status and identity is amazingly empowering for all who choose to confirm their commitment through this process and can only help to support any relationship. Much has changed since the de-criminalisation debate, believe me!!!

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  • Tipster

    I see the Irish Times has reported the fact that the registrations can begin shortly.

    I mentioned the news on this to a friend last night at the cinema (Dermot Ahern was at the same cinema, but not the same film), and he wondered why the papers weren’t reporting the uncommenced parts of the Act giving children with disabilities rights in the school system: the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act, still unoperational and uncommenced int he essential parts years after being signed into law by the President.

  • Ted

    The Irish Times has given the commencment date for the recognition of foreign Civil Partnerships as January Ist, 2011. Is this correct? Is it not 3rd January as stated by Maman Poulet (who is usually right)?

    Nothing huge turns on this but I would like to know on which evening I should put the bubbly on ice!

  • Maman Poulet

    Ted, see link above, I was wrong on date of effect. It is jan 1st. Intentions for Registrations can be notified from 4th when offices open. Happy celebrating!

  • Ted

    Thank you for that. We will raise a glass to you!

  • Ian

    Is it me or was there a bit of a discussion going on there about the equality authority at the start of that video?

  • Ted

    Groan. GLEN tells by email today that while the Civil Partnership Act took effect on January 1, 2011, foreign Civil Partnerships will not be recognised in Ireland until 21 days after the Statutory Instrument in respect of foreign partnerships was signed by the Minister on December 23rd. It is not clear what is the precise date that the Instrument takes effect. January 13th appears to be a candidate.

    Maybe the Department of Justice would be kind enough to tell us the precise date. It states ‘January, 2011’, on their website – whatever that means – at the moment. We’re a great little country! Double groan……

  • Ted

    The Department of Justice ( has just confirmed that the operative date is January 13th.

  • Ted

    Hooray! Its 12.25am, 13th of January, 2011 and we are the first (with others) Civil Partners in Ireland as foreign same sex legal relationships are recognised from today.

  • Maman Poulet

    Congratulations Ted!