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    No recognition for gay couples a barrier to return

    By Noreen Bowden | December 11, 2007

    An agency that works with gay and lesbian people says that the lack of recognition for gay couples is preventing many gay emigrants from returning home.

    A report in the Irish Independent says,

    The Gay Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) said the issue of foreign partners of Irish nationals not being allowed to live or work here is their biggest problem area.

    Spokesman Eoin Collins said the number of calls to the organisation on the issue in the past two years has doubled.

    “Irish people who have a partner from outside the EU, such as Canada or the US, are having huge problems,” he said…

    “It’s definitely turning people off returning to Ireland. They fear that if they do return, that their partners’ status will cause tension in the relationship.”

    While the Government has ruled out gay marriage, it says it will introduce a bill establishing civil partnerships for gay couples next year.

    See the full report in the Irish Independent.

    See the GLEN website.

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