Thursday, 20 October 2016 22:05

En Route To A Sixth Attempt To Legalize Marriage Equality In Northern Ireland

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A sixth attempt to legalize marriage equality in Northern Ireland is being prepared by the Sinn Fein party.

The government has so far vetoed every attempt to secure equal marriage and has said it would veto this new attempt too, considering that civil unions are sufficient for same-sex couples.

According to Premier, a number of Northern Ireland Assembly members are attempting to by-pass the administration by pursuing new legislation through Private Members' Bills.

"I am in favour of marriage equality - that is why in this mandate I am determined to make what progress I can to put marriage equality on the statute book," Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir said.

"I would like to proceed by way of an Executive Bill and I will at the earliest opportunity seek Executive agreement to consult on the issue."

If a legislation was to be introduced it would allow religious institutions not to celebrate same-sex marriage if they so wish.