A Democratic Unionist Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and junior government minister says he wants Northern Ireland to be “a tolerant and inclusive society” but claims there are “no grounds to redefine marriage”.
Democratic Unionist Party MLA Jonathan Bell made the comments during an equal marriage debate on BBC One Northern Ireland’s Stephen Nolan show on Wednesday.
He said: “Marriage is defined, and has been from 1866 in law since Hyde vs Hyde, as a union between a man and a woman” adding that “in terms of equality, in terms of human rights everything that is in marriage is available to a gay couple through civil society, there is no need to redefine marriage to have a tolerant and inclusive society.”
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