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Thursday, 05 November 2015 18:12

Northern Ireland Does Not Approve Marriage Equality Despite The Favorable Vote Of Parliament

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Well, this is not going very well in Northern Ireland. Remember, a few months ago Ireland approved marriage equality by referendum, but Northern Ireland remained the only country in the UK not to have legalized same-sex marriage because the two countries don't have the same laws, contrary to what one might think.

A bill to get this right had yet been introduced to Parliament of Northern Ireland, this is only the fifth one in three years, and everything started well since for the first time, the majority was obtained with 53 favorable votes against 51. We then said: “Great, did we win?”

Well no, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) led by Prime Minister Peter Robinson vetoed it, so the motion is defeated.

Nevertheless, LGBT activists remain satisfied. Patrick Corrigan, director of the Amnesty International in Northern Ireland, said: "This shows that slowly but surely politicians are trying to follow public opinion in favor of gay marriage for years."

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