We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Dr. Nicola Barker; a lecturer in law and director of the LLM programme in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights at Keele University, UK. She is author of Not the Marrying Kind: Feminist Critiques of Marriage and the Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships (forthcoming, 2011).
I was recently at an academic conference in Vermont, which was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Vermont Civil Union and 1st anniversary of same-sex marriage in the state. Most of the conference participants were happy to celebrate marriage as an achievement of equality and access to numerous important legal rights (and responsibilities) of marriage. I can understand those sentiments, particularly in a country where access to health care may be dependent on the person one chooses as a spouse having employment benefits and spousal coverage, but I cannot join in the celebration. Likewise, I can understand the celebrations in Ireland following the introduction of civil partnerships but I do not share the jubilation.
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We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Aoife Daly, a lecturer in University of Essex. You can find out more about Aoife on our guests page.
The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, which for the first time in Ireland provides legal recognition for same-sex couples, was signed into law last month, meaning that same-sex couples can avail of legally-binding civil partnerships from next year. The Bill extends benefits to gay and lesbian couples that are similar to those attained by married couples in the areas of property, social welfare, succession, maintenance, pensions and tax. The rights and needs of children in relation to such families, however, are largely ignored. There is no legal recognition of any relationship between children of one partner and the other partner; nor does the Act enable same-sex couples to jointly adopt children. Another significant omission is an obligation to consider children’s interests in the instance of the breakdown of a relationship. Continue reading “CPCROCA 2010: Aoife Daly on Children in the Civil Partnership Scheme”