Ireland's doing well: Ireland Moves Closer To Civil Partnerships For Gay Couples.
An all party committee of the Irish Parliament is recommending legislation to permit civil partnerships similar to those in the UK but rejects the possibility of same-sex marriage.
The report will be presented to Prime Minister Bertie Ahern next week, ending a year of consultations with citizens groups across the country.
LGBT rights groups have been pressing the government to legalize gay relationships, but the report will advise Ahern that a move to allow same-sex marriage could lead to a national referendum that would prevent Parliament from any recognition of gay and lesbian couples.
Wouldn't it be nice if one day the US looked around at its closer neighbors and close friends and realized, "Huh. We're the only one left with intolerant and homophobic laws. Maybe we should do something about that."
That'd be sweet.