Irish Men and Women in Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States
By Gary J. Gates
The Irish government has announced its intention to enact a civil partnership law that would for the first time offer formal legal recognition to same-sex couples in the Republic of Ireland. The 2006 Irish Census revealed that there were 2,090 same-sex cohabiting couples in the country. Analyses of data from the United States Census Bureau suggest these are not the only couples who might avail themselves of civil partnership:
• More than 1,200 Irish-born men and women are living with a same-sex partner
in the United States.
• They are predominantly female and highly educated. One in seven reports
• Civil partnership legislation could provide economic benefits to Ireland, enticing
some of these talented same-sex couples to relocate back to Ireland and
making the country more competitive in the global creative economy.