Gay Ceremonies and Blessings
Civil Partnership Bill for Same Sex Marriages
(as at December 2010)
The bill to implement the Civil Partnership Bill within the Social Welfare system passed through the final stages of Government approval on Friday 17 December 2010 and same sex couples will now be able to apply from early January 2011, with a three month notice period of their intention.
It is understood the HSE registrar will be able to legally register a same-sex couple, at approved venues. There is no actual ceremony involved and it's a case of a couple signing an agreement in the presence of the Registrar, indicating their desire to register as being partners and at venues outside of Registry Offices; "provided the venue has been inspected and approved by the HSE in advance of the marriage ceremony and subject to a Registrar being available to solemnise a marriage at the venue on the date in question." If gay couples wanted a spiritual or humanist element to the ceremony, this could also be arranged as an additional part of the wedding celebration.
The 2007 Civil Partnership Act along with the imminent Law change for the Gay Community, will see the whole landscape of the wedding business change dramatically. Because of the eclectic decor and style of our property, exclusive use, proximity to Cork Airport, improved motorway network plus the many attractions of Kinsale, it will afford couples a wonderful platform for celebrating the long awaited granting of their rights.
It now means that Gay couples can choose Ireland for their special day rather than having to travel overseas and also means that the country is also a perfect 'Gay Destination Wedding' location for the first time.