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Friday, 29 April 2016 22:39

Sinn Féin Is Committed To Do Everything To Legalize Marriage Equality In Northern Ireland

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Sinn Féin, the republican political party in Northern Ireland, said it would continue the battle to legalize equal marriage and it would do everything to make it a priority in the country.

Indeed, as I said yesterday in announcing you the legalization of marriage equality on the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland is the only country in the UK not to have legalized marriage for same-sex couples yet.

Last year, the bill was introduced and was approved by the Assembly by a 53-51 vote, except that the party that is currently in government, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), blocked the law.

While the elections are approaching, last week, the DUP said it would continue to fight for "family values and marriage". In response to that promise, therefore Sinn Féin has announced that on its side it will continue to fight to legalize marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

The party also said it wanted better protection for LGBT people and hopes to extend these protections to transgender and intersex people.

Martin McGuinness, a member of Sinn Féin, said he did not want to live in a country that discriminates against people but would be in the region that allows anyone to have the same equality.

"I do believe the marriage equality debate is one that is going to continue.

"We don't want to be part of a backward region, we want to be part of region that is known to stand up for the rights of people who feel that they are being discriminated against.

"We are absolutely fearless in pursing equality for people who beleive they are entitled to their rights."


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