The Guardian reports:
MPs have voted resoundingly to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland, a plan the government has said it will honour despite ministerial doubts.
The Commons voted 383 to 73 to pass the amendment to a largely technical bill on the stalled Northern Ireland assembly, tabled by the Labour MP Conor McGinn [photo], a longstanding campaigner for equal marriage in Northern Ireland.
The second reading vote was a free vote for MPs, as it was viewed as a matter of conscience. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where same-sex marriage is not legal.
The BBC reports:
MPs have backed amendments which require the government to liberalise abortion and extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland if devolution is not restored. It was part of a Commons debate aimed at keeping NI running in the absence of devolved government.
Its main purpose is to extend the government’s legal power to delay a fresh Stormont election. MPs have tabled a series of other amendments.
They argue these issues should not be stalled due to the lack of devolution, which collapsed in January 2017.
“There is a very simple remedy if you don’t like the idea of same-sex marriage, don’t enter into one. It’s not compulsory.”
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) July 9, 2019
Here’s the moment it was announced MPs had backed legalising same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, drawing a rare outbreak of applause pic.twitter.com/TQsuyUYVZx
— Esther Webber (@estwebber) July 9, 2019
— Eliza McKee (@ElizaaDoesalot) July 9, 2019
WE DID IT !!!!!
The House of Commons has voted by a massive majority to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland if the Stormont Executive isn’t restored by 21st October.
— Conor McGinn (@ConorMcGinn) July 9, 2019