A bid to legalize same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland was defeated in the Assembly on Monday by a vote of 53 to 42. A motion by the Sinn Fein party called for marriage equality “for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation,” and would have provided religious exemptions allowing the freedom of churches to practice and define marriage as they choose.
Pink News explains the “veto”:
The legislation was destined to fail, as late last week, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) once again blocked progress on same-sex marriage legislation in the country, having effectively vetoed a motion to legalise it through a ‘petition of concern’. A petition of concern requires a motion to have a majority of support from unionist and nationalist Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in order to progress. As the DUP has the most MLAs of any party their petition is effectively a veto against same-sex marriage.
Maybe Northern Ireland will do the right thing once all the other governments around it have gotten there first.