Irish Parliament approves ‘gay marriage’ bill
The Dail in the Irish Republic has passed a bill recognizing civil partnerships between same-sex couples, reports BBC News.
The bill was opposed by Catholic bishops and a protest was held outside.
Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said it was “one of the most important human rights pieces of legislation the House had dealt with”.
It is expected to become law in the autumn, 17 years after homosexuality was fully decriminalised in the Irish Republic.