Northern Ireland: Marriage Equality Bill Effectively Blocked By Democratic Unionist Party Action

Written by scott on April 27th, 2013

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It looks like marriage equality won’t be coming to Northern Ireland anytime soon, after the country’s largest party effectively said “No”. Pink News reports:

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has once again blocked progress on same-sex marriage legislation in Northern Ireland, having effectively vetoed a motion to legalise it through a ‘petition of concern’… The Stormont Assembly will debate the motion on Monday 29 April, but it will now fail due to the petition of concern lodged by the DUP. 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.

This won’t matter in the long run, as pressure builds when Scotland, Wales, England, and Ireland all eventually pass their own marriage equality bills, and Northern Ireland is isolated in its refusal.

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