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S.I. No. 649/2010 - Civil Partnership (Recognition of Registered Foreign Relationships) Order 2010.

Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in

“Iris Oifigiúil” of 31st December, 2010.

I, DERMOT AHERN, Minister for Justice and Law Reform, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 5 of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (No. 24 of 2010), and having complied with subsection (1) of that section, hereby order as follows:

1. This Order may be cited as the Civil Partnership (Recognition of Registered Foreign Relationships) Order 2010.

2. A class of legal relationship specified in column (3) of the Schedule opposite a reference number specified in column (1) of the Schedule, and entered into by two parties of the same sex, in the jurisdiction specified in column (2) of the Schedule opposite the mention of that reference number in column (1) of the Schedule, is declared to be entitled to be recognised as a civil partnership.

Article 2

Schedule

ReferenceNumber(1)

Jurisdiction(2)

Title of Relationship(3)

1.

Argentina

Marriage

2.

Austria

Eingetragene Partnerschaft-Gesetz

3.

Belgium

Marriage

4.

Canada

Marriage

5.

Czech Republic

Registrované partnerství

6.

Denmark

Registreret partnerskab

7.

Finland

Rekisterity parisuhde

8.

Germany

Eingetragene lebenspartnerschaft

9.

Iceland

(a) Stafest samvist(b) Marriage

10.

Mexico City

Marriage

11.

Netherlands

Marriage

12.

New Zealand

Civil Union

13.

Norway

(a) Registrert partnerskap(b) Marriage

14.

Portugal

Marriage

15.

South Africa

Marriage

16.

Spain

Marriage

17.

Sweden

(a) Registrerat partnerskap(b) Marriage

18.

Switzerland

Eingetragene Partnerschaft / Partenariat enregistré

19.

United Kingdom

Civil Partnership

20.

California (United States of America)

Marriage

21.

Connecticut (United States of America)

(a) Civil Union(b) Marriage

22.

Iowa (United States of America)

Marriage

23.

Massachusetts (United States of America)

Marriage

24.

New Hampshire (United States of America)

(a) Civil Union(b) Marriage

25.

New Jersey (United States of America)

Civil Union

26.

Vermont (United States of America)

(a) Civil Union(b) Marriage

27.

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

Marriage

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GIVEN under my Official Seal,

23 December 2010.

DERMOT AHERN,

Minister for Justice and Law Reform.

EXPLANATORY NOTE.

(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation.)

This Order declares certain classes of registered foreign relationship to be entitled to be recognised in the State as a civil partnership. The Order is made on the basis of the Minister for Justice and Law Reform being satisfied that the class of foreign relationship complies with subsection (1) of section 5 of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 .