The UK has deftly avoided the discussion of gay marriages by tactfully giving gay couples access to civil partnerships, (hetrosexual couples still must get married if they want the same without building their own customised legal agreement). Last week an All Party Oireachtas Committee delivered its verdict that gay marriage should not affect current definitions of the family. Ahern has hinted at a UK style solution. On the blogoshere, The Dossing Times has tracked a fascinating if weighty exchange between Fiona de Londres and Richard Waghorne. It also came up this beta test podcast discussion between myself, Gavin Sheridan and Richard Delevan.