Ógra Fianna Fáil publish their position paper in support of marriage equality
26 Mar 2010
Ógra Fianna Fail, the youth wing of the Fianna Fáil party has recently issued a press release launching their position paper on marriage equality 'Equality for Same-sex couples and their families'.
In November Ógra Fianna Fáil members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion supporting equality at their National Youth Conference in Bundoran, Co. Donegal, which was attended by over 500 Ógra members.
Their position paper discusses the Civil Partnership Bill 2009, which gives a break-down of various aspects of the bill and while they do view the bill to be a 'progressive step forward', they still acknowledge that the 'Civil Partnership Bill is not equal to marriage and that significant differences remain'.
Ógra Fianna Fáil also refer to the Civil Registration Act 2004 and 'feel that this was a regressive step and calls for this to be amended using gender neutral references as has been past practice'.
In conclusion, Ógra 'call on the Government to follow through on its commitment to equality by providing for civil marriage for same-sex couples', once the Civil Partnership Bill has passed through the Houses of the Oireachtas.
We welcome Ogra's position paper and look forward to working with them in the growing coalition of supporters for equality for same sex families in Ireland.
To read the Ógra Fianna Fáil's policy document 'Equality for Same-sex Couples and their Families, please click here.