BM 65 – LGBTQ rights in Ireland

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A referendum to confer full civil marriage rights and equality to same-sex citizens in Ireland will be held no later than the spring of 2015.

It has also been proposed to bring forward legislation which would allow same-sex couples to be considered as guardians and adoptive parents.

USI will also be campaigning for LGBTQ citizens to be entitled to act as blood donors.

The inequalities imbedded in our social fabric brought about by these issues cause ongoing difficulties for LGBTQ citizens within our education system, giving rise to bullying and discrimination.

In line with ESU’s commitment to equality for all citizens, social justice and human rights, ESU resolves to support campaigns for full marriage equality, the right to adopt and the lifting of the blood donation ban for same-sex citizens in Ireland.

Furthermore, ESU stands in solidarity with NUS-USI in condemning the actions of the Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots, for his continued stance on the blood donation ban and the bringing of a legal challenge against the right of same-sex couples to adopt.


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