NORTHERN IRELAND: Assembly To Vote On Same-Sex Marriage For Fifth Time In Five Years

Northern Ireland’s Assembly has rejected same-sex marriage four times since the 2011 election. Sometime in the coming weeks they will vote yet again. Pink News reports:

Sinn Féin has uged all SDLP members to support a measure to legalise same-sex marriage. Northern Ireland has been criticised for being the only major territory in the UK not to have equal marriage after Scotland, England and Wales passed it in 2013. The last time Stormont voted on the issue was in April this year, when it was defeated by 49 votes to 47. SDLP MLAs were criticised at the time for not turning up to the close ballot. Sinn Féin’s Grace McDermott called on MLA Joe Byrne in particular to vote on the measure. She said: “Politicians have a duty to stand up for everyone and Sinn Féin has been to the fore in supporting marriage equality. We have brought a motion four times now but unfortunately it has not been passed,” Mrs McDermott said.

Sinn Fein and the SDLP, which together hold 43 out of 108 seats, will likely put forward the motion next week. Sinn Fein was an ardent supporter of Ireland’s same-sex marriage public referendum.

  • Ed Burrow

    wait for bryan brown’s rally call on this. he’ll frame it as “the last large super power in support of normal marriage”. or something. bueller?

  • I’m so torn. Do I root for Sinn Fein, the party that perpetuated Catholic terrorism in Northern Ireland for decades, just on principle?

    I love my stupid little island, but dammit sometimes I swear….

    I doubt it’s going to pass, btw.

    • Mister Don

      The likes of Ian Paisley pushed me over to the Catholic side.

  • ChrisMorley
    • Martin Jarvis

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      It’s also a far right site.

  • I wonder how much the Cat-o-Licks have to do with this?

    • ChrisMorley

      Not as much as you suppose.

      Gay marriage now has overwhelming support in Northern Ireland – poll
      …And you’re more likely to back it if you’re Catholic and living in Belfast
      68% want equality now: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/gay-marriage-now-has-overwhelming-support-in-northern-ireland-poll-31355428.html

      Sinn Féin is the party most catholics in Northern Ireland vote for and it has consistently voted for marriage equality in both Northern Ireland and the Republic. Other catholics in the North vote for the SDLP (Social Democratic and Labour Party) which proclaims that it is “the party of civil rights, the SDLP is working for an Ireland free from poverty, prejudice and injustice.”
      Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland has consistently been blocked by protestant Unionists using a veto procedure (the Petition of Concern).

    • j.martindale

      Not much. “Meanwhile, those from a Catholic background are more inclined to voice support for gay marriage, with three quarters (75%) agreeing that
      homosexual couples should be able to get married, compared to 57% of
      those from a Protestant community background.”

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      I think rank and file Catholics have shown consistently they are on the right side of history when it comes to this.

  • Bj Lincoln

    So they are like our Alabama? The last hold out for no real reason? Some one has to be the last. Like my Great Grandma use to say, “If you can’t be the best, be the best example of what not to be.” I have several relatives who have lived up the the last part.

  • bkmn

    Good luck to our brothers and sisters in NI!

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      • agcons

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  • Stev84

    Northern Ireland politics is in the clutches of a tiny Calvinist cult:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Presbyterian_Church_of_Ulster
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/inside-the-dup-domination-by-free-presbyterian-church-and-orange-order-laid-bare-30330698.html

    Only 10000 members in NI, but 30% of DUP members and 40% of councilors belong to it

  • JT
  • ChrisMorley

    On past form, if the vote is yes, the Unionists will then use their Veto (Petition of Concern) to block it.

    However in November the High Court in Belfast begins hearing two cases challenging the marriage discrimination faced by LGBT people in Northern Ireland compared with the rest of the UK. The Unionist led administration is likely to appeal any decision in favour of marriage equality all the way through the British courts.

  • Has same sex
    marriage harmed any of the other territories in the UK? No of course not. So why
    reject it? Seriously the scare arguments of the other side never hold up, how
    much longer are we supposed to wait for these hypothetical “negative consequences”
    to appear?

  • OHandler

    When will those Irish Eyes start smiling?

  • John ‘Genryu’

    The Jaffa’s in Ulster are fascist scum and they unfortunately vote like fascist scum.