Below are details of next week’s KAL Advocacy Platform meeting and background information. Feel free to circulate these!

KAL Advocacy Platform

Tuesday, 22 August 2006


At the offices of GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network),
Tower 1, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.

The KAL Advocacy Platform will be holding another of its meetings on the evening of 22 August.

This meeting will cover the issues raised at the meeting that took place on the morning of 10 August for those who were unable to attend, and will also follow-up on proceedings of that meeting for those who were present.

All are welcome.

Interested parties should contact kal [at] glen [dot] ie (9am-1pm Mon-Fri) or kalcoord [at] gmail [dot] com (all other times).


KAL Advocacy Initiative

“Working Together over the Coming Weeks”

Outline Programme
August 10, 2006

11:00 a.m. Introduction
– The reason for the KAL Advocacy Group
– The importance of keeping in touch

11:15 Where Things Are At

11:30 Key KAL Messages

11:45 Relating KAL to your organisation
– Audiences
– Communications tools and ideas
– What you can do
– Group discussion and brainstorming

12:30 The Media as a Key Audience
– What the media wants … briefly
– Writing a press release

1:00 Conclusion

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Meeting details here.

KAL Advocacy Platform meeting – Thursday, 10th August at 11am-1pm

The KAL Advocacy Platform will be holding a meeting this week, to introduce supporters of the KAL Case to the case background, key messages and possible tools for advocacy.

Individuals and organisations who support this case are welcome to attend the meeting. Interested parties should contact kal [at] glen [dot] ie (9am-1pm Mon-Fri) or kalcoord [at] gmail [dot] com (all other times).

Information about the Advocacy Platform can be found at our “About” page, here.

Film Can Push The Boundaries Of What It Means To Be Lesbian, Gay Or Bi-Sexual

Same Sex Couple Taking Case Against State for Recognition of their Marriage Take to the Cinema for Dublin Film Festival

Drs. Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan, the Irish couple taking a case against the state for recognition of their Canadian marriage, will tonight (August 3) open the 14th Dublin Lesbian Gay Film Festival (August 3-7) at the Irish Film Institute at 7.30 p.m.

“Film can push the boundary of current conceptualizations of what it means to be lesbian, gay or bisexual in this world today,” Dr. Zappone said. “A number of films on this year’s programme look to the past and challenge us to realize that the past is not dead.”

“Observing the struggle for lesbian and gay rights at various times and places in the last century immediately challenges us to look at the present in our globe and see either history repeating itself, or struggles for basic human rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual people just beginning,” she continued.

Dr. Gilligan said that while heterosexuals are seeing more movies in the big screen with a gay theme (Brokeback Mountain, etc) the very fact that they reach the ‘general audience’ signals often a rather bland analysis of the topices under consideration.

“A dedicated lesbian and gay film festival allows a more nuanced set of films to be shown which often shows the depth of prejudice, and of the height of love and joy – that would not otherwise be seen.”

The issue of partnership will be examined particularly this year on Saturday, August 5th. Drs Zappone and Gilligan along with others will host a discussion following two short films on the subject.

“These two films clearly challenge us to examine the issues of power, of complicit silence, of difference, of difference of age and culture, of opportunity and how each of these differences must be attended to if equality and rights are to be realised,” Dr. Zappone said.

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July 31, 2006

October 3rd, 2006 was today confirmed as the opening date for the case being brought by Drs Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan, the same sex couple seeking recognition of their marriage in Ireland.

The couple said that they are looking forward to a positive outcome to their case despite the news today that a lesbian couple failed in their bid to have their Canadian marriage as a civil marriage in the UK. Drs Zappone and Gilligan said that Ireland now has an opportunity to lead rather than simply follow in the area of social justice.

The UK judge ruled that the marriage of Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson should be recognized as a civil partnership, but not as a marriage.

While civil partnership might allow same sex couples a broad range of marriage-like privileges, it does not confer equality of status and equality of rights on all Irish citizens, Drs. Zappone and Gilligan outlined.

“We are already married,” they stated. “The primary way the State can promote and protect the rights and responsibilities of all its citizens – straight and same sex – in financial and familial issues is to open the Irish institution of civil marriage to same sex couples.”

They also pointed out that the traditional institution of marriage has in fact changed over time. For example, divorce was introduced in Ireland in 1997 which required a constitutional change. They stated that they are looking for a continuation of this social process of change in marriage so that it can be enjoyed by all members of today’s modern society.

Drs. Zappone and Gilligan were married in a civil ceremony in Canada on September 13th, 2003. Their marriage is valid for all purposes in Canada.

At the hearing of their action in October, Drs Zappone and Gilligan will seek a declaration that in failing to recognise their Canadian marriage, and in failing to apply the tax law provisions relating to married couples to them as a married couple, the State and the Revenue Commissioners have acted unlawfully, in breach of their Constitutional Rights and in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. They are also seeking a declaration that the relevant provisions of tax law are unconstitutional and void. If they do not get recognition of their Canadian marriage, they are alternatively seeking a declaration that they are entitled to marry each other in Ireland.

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