The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, TD, has made an Order under the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 prescribing certain registered relationships entered into by same sex couples in other jurisdictions as entitled to be treated as equivalent to civil partnership under Irish law. The additional registered relationships now being afforded recognition are:

 

Australian Capital Territory (Australia)

Marriage

Brazil

Marriage

France

Marriage

Jersey

Civil Partnership

Quintana Roo (Mexico)

Marriage

New Zealand

Marriage

Colorado (United States of America)

Civil Union

Delaware (United States of America)

Marriage

Maine (United States of America)

Marriage

Maryland (United States of America)

Marriage

Minnesota (United States of America)

Marriage

New Jersey (United States of America)

Marriage

Rhode Island (United States of America)

Marriage

Uruguay

Marriage

 

The Order will come into effect on 31 December 2013.

 

Irish-based couples in any of these relationships will, from that date, be subject to the same legal regime and the same rights and obligations as a couple who register a civil partnership in Ireland. This includes rights and obligations in relation to shared property, pensions, inheritance and on break-up of the relationship. Civil partners are also treated in the same way as spouses under the tax, social welfare and domestic violence codes.

 

The making of this order brings the number of categories of recognised registered relationships to 57, from 45 jurisdictions.

 

Announcing the making of the order, the Minister said "Making this Order reflects my ongoing commitment to ensuring that the protections of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 are kept updated. The international environment is continuing to change, as shown by the fact that 12 of the 14 newly-recognised relationships are marriages between same-sex couples. There will be further changes in 2014, not least the opening of marriage to same-sex couples in England and Wales. These will be recognised in future orders."

 

 

ENDS

 

11 December, 2013

 

 

 

Note to Editors

Previous orders under section 5 of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 were made in December 2010, December 2011 and December 2012. The full list of relationships now recognised under section 5 orders are listed below (newly recognised relationships are marked with an asterisk):

 

Jurisdiction

Title of Relationship

Argentina

Marriage

Australian Capital Territory (Australia)

Marriage*

Austria

Eingetragene Partnerschaft-Gesetz

Belgium

Marriage

Brazil

Marriage*

Canada

Marriage

Czech Republic

Registrované partnerství

Denmark

(a)  Registreret partnerskab

(b)  Marriage

Finland

Rekisteröity parisuhde

France

Marriage*

Germany

Eingetragene lebenspartnerschaft

Iceland

(a) Staðfest samvist

(b) Marriage

Isle of Man

Civil Partnership

Jersey

Civil Partnership*

Mexico City

Marriage

Quintana Roo (Mexico)

Marriage*

Netherlands

Marriage

New Zealand

(a) Civil Union

(b) Marriage*

Norway

(a) Registrert partnerskap

(b) Marriage

Portugal

Marriage

South Africa

(a)  Marriage

(b)  Civil Partnership

Spain

Marriage

Sweden

(a) Registrerat partnerskap

(b) Marriage

Switzerland

Eingetragene Partnerschaft / Partenariat enregistré

United Kingdom

Civil Partnership

California (United States of America)

Marriage

Colorado (United States of America)

Civil Union*

Connecticut (United States of America)

(a) Civil Union

(b) Marriage

Delaware (United States of America)

(a) Civil Union

(b) Marriage*

Hawaii (United States of America)

Civil Union

Illinois (United States of America)

Civil Union

Iowa (United States of America)

Marriage

Massachusetts (United States of America)

Marriage

Maine (United States of America)

Marriage*

Maryland (United States of America)

Marriage*

Minnesota (United States of America)

Marriage*

New Hampshire (United States of America)

(a) Civil Union

(b) Marriage

New Jersey (United States of America)

(a)  Civil Union

(b)  Marriage*

New York (United States of America)

Marriage

Oregon (United States of America)

Domestic Partnership

Rhode Island (United States of America)

(a)  Civil Union

(b)  Marriage*

Vermont (United States of America)

(a) Civil Union

(b) Marriage

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

Marriage

Washington State (United States of America)

Marriage

Uruguay

Marriage*