In Ireland, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, has made an order that recognises gay and lesbian couples who married abroad in 2013. This means that LGBT couples will have their marriages recognised in Ireland though they got married in foreign States. Among these countries: the Australian Capital Territory, Brazil, France, New Zealand, Uruguay and United States of America (in particular Rhode Island, New Jersey, Minnesota, Delaware and Main). A new step, that will allow gay and lesbian people to access to social benefits including inheritance, tax, pensions, shared property, social welfare, citizenship, equality provisions and legal support for the eventual breakup of the relationship. The order will take effect on 31 December 2013.