One of the first Gay couples legally partnered in Ireland

Barry Dignam and Hugh Walsh, a couple for 17 years, are one of the first to become “civil partners” under the new Irish law that went into effect Jan. 1.

They were the first couple to marry who had not sought an exemption to the three-month notice a couple must ordinarily give to the General Registrar Office.

“We feel a certain amount of responsibility . . . that this is a big step which Ireland is taking and that we’re going to be a part of that,” Dignam told the Irish Times.

Civil partnerships have some, but not all, of the rights of marriage and are available both to straight and gay unmarried couples.

Irish authorities say 267 couples have given notice so far that they will be becoming civil partners.

by Jennifer Vanasco

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