Committed advocate for gay law reform

Christopher Robson, who has died aged 72, said when the Civil Partnership Act was passed in 2010 that he and his partner Bill Foley had spent half of their 35-year relationship as criminals in the eyes of the State before homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993.

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Robson and Foley were able to celebrate their civil partnership earlier this year.

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Robson was one of the key architects of progress for lesbian and gay people in Ireland over the last 30 years, playing a leading role in gay law reform in 1993 and in securing civil partnership, as well as being centrally involved in other rights areas including the enactment of the State’s broad-based equality law.

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