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.

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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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IRISH SAME SEX COUPLE LOOKING FORWARD TO POSITIVE OUTCOME TO TRIAL
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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KAL Case: Funds Needed!

July 31, 2006

KAL Initiative Funds Needed!

Fundraising events and donations are crucial to the KAL Case: Expert witness costs and administrative outlays are being paid by the proceeds of fundraisers and by the generous donations of supporters. Without this support, the KAL Case would be badly undermined.

To that end, fundraising events are very important to us. In addition, particularly for those who may not be in a postition to attend fundraisers, donations may be made to the KAL PayPal account or directly to the KAL fundraising bank account.

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Again, in legal matters, procedural steps are continuing apace with the case itself. Below is the update for today’s “For Mention” hearing.

Keep watch here and on the KAL Case website for info relating to fundraiser events!

BEFORE MR JUSTICE QUIRKE
IN COURT NO 14
AT 11 O’CLOCK

FOR MENTION
51 ZAPPONE & ANOR -V- REVENUE COMMISSIONERS & ORS

The case appeared before the court briefly this morning, for the follow-up “For Mention” hearing.

At around 12.45am, Ms Bacik spoke for the applicants; Mr Douglas was present for the State.

Ms Bacik mentioned that replies for particulars have been drafted, and that the State’s legal team has seen this draft. It was reiterated that discovery of documents had been sought; in relation to this, the judge agreed that the date for mention would be put back by one week.

Ms Bacik also informed the court that the applicants were ready to go for the full hearing of the case on the 3rd October: 3 weeks has been set for the case to be heard, and eleven witnesses are lined up for the applicants.

[Related posts:
KAL Case Updates: “For mention” outcomes (3 July 2006)
KAL Case Updates: “For mention” today (3rd July, 2006).]

BEFORE MR JUSTICE DONOVAN
IN COURT NO 14
AT 11 O’CLOCK

FOR MENTION
39 ZAPPONE & ANOR -V- REVENUE COMMISSIONERS & ORS 2004 19616P

At around 11.45am, Ms Bacik spoke for the applicants; Mr Clarke was present for the respondents.

Ms Bacik indicated to the court that all seemed to be in order, save for a matter relating to sending a letter for discovery. She sought adjournment for three weeks to allow this letter to be sent. Mr Clarke was in agreement.

Mr Justice Donovan granted the adjournment until 24th July 2006.

[Related post: KAL Case Updates: “For mention” today (3rd July, 2006).]

The case appears before the courts briefly this morning, for a “For Mention” hearing. This will probably entail an update, more or less, for the court from each side to the proceedings.

Here is the info:

Legal Diary for 3rd July, 2006 [.doc file] (Also: Non-Jury List for 3rd July, 2006 available in HTML here).

NON JURY MOTION LIST
BEFORE MR JUSTICE DONOVAN
IN COURT NO 14
AT 11 O’CLOCK

FOR MENTION
39 ZAPPONE & ANOR -V- REVENUE COMMISSIONERS & ORS 2004 19616P

Court Services of Ireland website: www.courts.ie

Happy Pride!

June 23, 2006

Happy Pride

Happy Pride to one and all, from the KAL Case blog
(inlcuded belated greetings to all in Cork!)

This month’s Pride edition of GCN features an interview with Katherine and Ann Louise – recommended reading, indeed!

Go to the KAL Case website’s news section, and click-through.

🙂