Regina Doherty, Social Protection Minister, has confirmed Government approval for the preparation of the Civil Registration Bill 2019, which introduces vital new changes for LGBT+ parents in Ireland.
Parental rights of same-sex couples on birth certificates of children born through donor-assisted births have now been officially affirmed.
According to the Department of Social Protection, the Civil Registration Bill will; “resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor-assisted births and will be brought forward as a priority”.
Minister @ReginaDo to introduce Civil Registration Bill 2019. The Bill will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births and will be brought forward as a priority. Read more here: https://t.co/XVBfTtyiDd pic.twitter.com/cHJi6uJC9R
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“This bill will extend the required particulars for registration of a birth to include ‘parent’ on a birth certificate,” the Department continued.
“At present, birth certificates issued in respect of donor-assisted children born to same-sex couples only allow for the recording of the mother’s details," it said, highlighting issues for lesbian parents.
“These changes will facilitate the registration and re-registration of births of children of same-sex female couples, and this will affirm their parental rights.”
Parents of non-donor assisted children may also utilise the label “parent”, if they so desire.
Regina Doherty expressed her happiness surrounding the crucial changes;
“While the changes proposed will affect a relatively small number of people, they touch on matters that are very sensitive and of great importance to those families affected."
She continued; "I have met with and spoken to many affected by this issue and I am now very pleased to be able to bring these changes forward as a priority to ensure that they can be introduced as soon as possible."
The bill will be published and brought before the Houses of the Oireachtas hopefully early in early spring.