UK, Northern Ireland: Marriage Equality Rejected by Assembly 51-43

Written by scott on April 30th, 2014

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The Catholic Church got its way again in Northern Ireland, where the Assembly, led by the DUP, once again rejected a marriage equality bill.

Pink News reports:

It is the third time the assembly has voted down a same-sex marriage motion in 18 months, with stiff opposition from DUP and some UUP members. The motion had been tabled by six MLAs, from the Alliance, Sinn Fein and Green parties, but its passage was deemed unlikely after DUP tabled a petition of concern, hindering cross-party efforts to pass it. MLAs from the Social Democratic, NI21 and Labour parties also backed the motion, while the sole UKIP and Traditional Unionist Voice MLAs voted against. Two Alliance MLAs, Judith Cochrane and Trevor Lunn,voted against the motion despite their party supporting it.

This despite a poll last year showing 57% support marriage equality in the country.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. vasi says:

    Interesting. The Catholic parties (Sinn Fein and SDLP) actually voted in favour of gay marriage! It’s the Protestant unionist parties (DUP and UUP) who voted against. I’m sure the Catholic church isn’t very happy with this vote, even if they got the result they wanted.

  2. This is the third time that the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland has rejected a motion to legalize same-gender marriage.

    On 1 October 2013, the vote was 50 against the motion and 45 in favor. On 30 April 2013, it was 53 to 42. And now on 30 April 2014, it is 51 to 43.

    It seems, therefore, that the both sides in the legislature are firmly entrenched, so that the only solution is recourse to the courts for judicial remedy.

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