The Irish Civil Partnership Bill was signed into law by the President of the Republic yesterday. The bill was passed without a vote in the Dail (the lower house of the Irish parliament) and was supported in the Seanad (Senate) with only 4 dissenting votes, out of 52.
Irish Times Signing into law of new civil Bill welcomed
Some earlier reports:
According to RTE in this report Civil Partnership Bill passes the Seanad:
The Seanad rejected, without a vote, an amendment that would have allowed Registrars opt-out of presiding over civil partnership ceremonies.
The so-called ‘conscientious object’ amendment had been tabled by Independent Senator Rónán Mullen, however the matter was not put to a vote because not enough Senators called for one.
Senators spent three hours discussing the amendment, in total there were 77 amendments down for discussion.