[Sinn Fein]

25th June 2003

Time to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation - Crowe

Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs Seán Crowe has called again on the Government to legislate for same-sex marriages.

Speaking in Leinster House yesterday the Dublin South-West TD said: ``In light of last week's decision by the Canadian Government to legislate for same sex marriages, will the Taoiseach tell the House if it is proposed to introduce similar legislation to tackle this glaring inequality in Irish society, particularly regarding the property rights of couples in long-term relationships?''

``Following the announcement by the Ceann Comhairle that no such legislation is promised, Deputy Crowe said: ``It is time the Government took a bit of initiative on this issue and recognised that same-sex couples should have the same rights as any other section of society. It's time to end discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation.''

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