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Irish judge rules same-sex couple can seek legal status in Ireland

[JURIST] An Irish judge ruled Tuesday that a lesbian couple who were married in Canada last year can seek state recognition of their marriage. The couple is seeking to force Ireland's tax-collection agency to allow them to file as a married couple. High Court Justice Liam McKechnie ruled that the case merited a full hearing and noted that the case "isn't simply about tax bands" but could have "profound ethical, cultural and religious" ramifications. Lawyers for the couple argue that the Irish Revenue Commissioners have discriminated against the couple "in an injust and invidious manner, in breach of their constitutional rights and the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF]." AP has more. The Irish Times has local coverage [registration required].

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