28/03/2018

NI Same-Sex Marriage Bill To Be Introduced In Westminster

A Labour MP is to bring a bill before the House of Commons to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Mr Conor McGinn from Co Armagh is the MP for St Helen's North in Merseyside.

NI is the only part of the UK where same-sex marriage is still illegal.

Conservative peer Lord Hayward tabled the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) Bill in the Lords on Tuesday, 27 March.
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Speaking ahead of Mr McGinn's introduction of a Ten Minute Rule Bill later today, 28 March, Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister said: "This is an important week for the campaign for marriage equality in Northern Ireland, and as Lord Mayor I believe it is extremely important for me to showcase my support for extending equal marriage into Northern Ireland.

"People often say that we aren't a liberal society, but I don't believe that is true. Over the past year I've been amazed at the open, welcoming and inclusive Belfast we have been building - a global Belfast ready to showcase its potential to the world. This is the Northern Ireland we should be promoting, not one who actively discriminates against a large section of society."

(CD/LM)

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