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Civil Marriages & Civil Partnerships
From Monday 16th November 2015 couples will be able to give notice of their intention to get married. Civil Partnerships will no longer be available to couples in Ireland after Monday 16th November, 2015. Couples who have an existing civil partnership will be able to get married. Couples who have married abroad will have those marriages recognised by the Irish state as has been the case for straight couples.
How can I get a Civil Marriage?
The legislation to give effect to the result of the marriage referendum will shortly be signed into law by the President of Ireland. Soon after, the Minister for Justice will commence the legislation and then couples can then give notice of their intention to marry. See GLEN's infographic with further information on how to do this.
What if I got married in another country?
A lawful marriage in another country will be recognised in Ireland as a civil marriage once the Marriage Bill is commenced by the Minister for Justice.
What if I have a civil partnership from another country?
Once the Marriage Bill is enacted the Irish State will no longer recognise civil /domestic partnerships/unions from other jurisdictions. Couples with foreign CP's will be able to get married in Ireland. Marriage in Ireland is not dependent on residency or citizenship.
How do I convert my civil partnership into a civil marriage?
The Marriage Bill once commenced allows a couple in an existing civil partnership to marry. The couple will have to give only 5 days notice (compared to 3 months for a non-civil partnered couple) of their intention to marry. They will also have a reduced fee. Once the marriage is contracted the civil partnership will automatically dissolve.
Can I still get a civil partnership?
Once the referendum enabling legislation is enacted it will not be possible for couples to give notice to become civil partners.
Whether you're both single, in a civil partnership or married abroad this infographic will tell you how you can get married in Ireland
This guide explains the rights and obligations in plain language. It is aimed at: Same-sex couples who have entered into a civil partnership; and same-sex couples who are living together but are not civil partners.
We have gathered these Dáil speeches together to celebrate and mark what is an
historic law reform for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The speeches are from the
second stage debate of the Civil Partnership Bill in Dáil Eireann in December 2009 and
We have gathered these Seanad speeches together to celebrate and mark what is an
historic law reform for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The speeches are from the Second
and Final Stage debates on the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of
Cohabitants Bill in the Seanad on the 7th and 8th of July 2010 (from 12 noon on 7th until
1am on the 8th and again from 10:30am to 7:30pm on the 8th). It follows on from the
previous publication Dáil Debates on Civil Partnership
Information on how to enter civil partnership and the rights and obligations that apply