So, despite the major advances in LGBT rights and equality over the past 25 or so years, culminating in the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015, there are still areas of LGBT rights that need to be addressed, particularly with respect to hate crime legislation and the full recognition of same-sex parents, a growing demographic in Ireland as we approach the 2020s.
To this end, there has been a new campaign running to press for legal parenting and guardianship rights for non-biological parents of children in Ireland. Under current laws, the partner of a person whose biological child is in their family unit does not have automatic rights over that child, particularly if the other biological parent challenges their rights in the courts. It is a very complex issue that needs to be addressed.
Here is a link to an article on the campaign: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0805/1067027-lgbt-parents/
Does anyone here have children where they or their same-sex partner do not have legal guardianship over their children? Do you know any such couples?
Do you have any views on this important issue?