In a landslide victory of 48 - 4, Ireland's new Civil Partnership Bill has passed through the Seanad (Senate) and is waiting to be signed into law by the President. It ain't perfect, but its a huge leap in the right direction!
Same-sex couples register their relationship before a registrar. The legislation also provides for the legal recognition of civil partnerships obtained outside the State. At present, cohabiting couples have few rights under family laws.