Column: Why is the government delaying a law to recognise transgender people?
This article published today in The Journal brings up an interesting topic which has not gotten much press on this site. That topic is transgender rights, or LGBT rights in general. Yes, this does include but is not limited to the gay marriage debate.
As the article above points out -
Our government has been ignoring a high court ruling as well as EU statues for many years now. When asked about the subject our TDs seem to ignore to dance around the topic at every interview. We have witnessed Enda himself almost take out a row of shrubbery in efforts to avoid the topic. Yet not just a few weeks ago our government said this -Ireland is now in clear defiance of a High Court judgment that said the law on transgender persons was in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. And this country is now one of only a tiny handful of European states that still do not recognise transgender people.
It is now just over 15 years since transgender woman Lydia Foy began a legal action to get a new birth certificate as a woman. Ten years later the High Court ruled in her favour, using a new statute that brought the European Convention on Human Rights into Irish law.
Judge Liam McKechnie, later promoted to the Supreme Court, ruled that Ms Foy’s rights under the European Human Rights Convention had been breached and granted the first ever declaration that Irish law on this issue was incompatible with the Convention.
That then brings up the question of why was it so important for the government to force the SI down our throats, quietly, secretly, before the media was even aware what was happening yet when a similar issue arises involving the rights of our own citizens the very same politicians do not take the same stance and in fact ignore the issue.“On many previous occasions I have outlined the reasons why it is necessary for us to proceed to sign this Statutory Instrument in order to ensure compliance with our obligations under EU law”
Is this because they are just against this issue or because they are not getting some financial compensation from the groups involved? Could it be that protecting the rights of American music distributors was higher on the agenda than protecting the rights of a minority group of Irish citizens to our government?
I have emailed a few in my area to see what they have to say. I also have asked them their stance on gay marriage as to have my TDs on the record.
Does anyone else see a discrepancy here? What can be done to get our government to go after the issue with the same due diligence they did when fighting for the rights of American corporations here in Ireland? Why is it our government happily enforces laws when it involves big money corporations in America, yet quietly ignores human rights abuses of Irish citizens?