Church of Ireland Gazette: Church cool over demands from Changing Attitude Ireland

The group, Changing Attitude Ireland (CAI), which describes itself as “a network of persons, gay and heterosexual, working for the full affirmation of gay and lesbian persons in the church of Ireland and other Christian denominations”, has welcomed the introduction of civil Partnership in the Republic of Ireland at the beginning of this month, but has also called on any new Irish Government to upgrade the Act to match what has been available in Northern Ireland since 2005.

The Church of Ireland clergyman, Canon Charles Kenny, secretary of CAI, said: “Changing Attitude Ireland welcomes the broad range of benefits that same-sex couples will now be entitled to under the new law. However, Changing Attitude Ireland has pointed out that the Act is still second class when compared to the legislative provisions for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland.”