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Partnership Rights  

Currently in Ireland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) persons are denied any legal recognition of their right to form stable, long-lasting, personal and committed relationships. Non-married opposite-sex couples are also largely denied any form of recognition and the legal framework governing families is not based on the best interests of the child.

The ICCL aims to ensure that the rights of children are paramount and everyone enjoys equal respect for their private and family lives. In particular the ICCL wishes to ensure that all rights under Article 8 of the ECHR are respected; same-sex couples enjoy full esteem and respect for their relationships and equality protection is afforded to family life outside marriage.

The ICCL Executive launched an Initiative on Partnership Rights in order to achieve basic equality for same-sex and non-married opposite-sex couples in 2005. Marie Mulholland, an experienced campaigner/activist, a former development officer with the Equality Authority and a former manager of Gay Community News, is Convenor of this Initiative. Through Marie's leadership, the Initiative conducted two consultations and organised a forum to gather first hand views/experiences from families who are adversely affected by State policy in this area.  

The ICCL will produce a policy paper in 2006 calling for equal respect for all families and launch a major campaign for partnership rights. 
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