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Northern Ireland: Equal marriage campaign group launched

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  1. Hopefully very soon all of the islands of Britain and Ireland will recognise the civil rights of LGBT people in full.

    Great to see N Ireland catching up!

    Good luck.

    We need to stand with N Ireland in their pursuit of equality – they will probably have even more of a battle on their hands!

  2. Paddyswurds 11 Jul 2012, 12:02pm

    With one party, Sinn Fein already on board, hopefully recent strides in the Peace Process will add to the momentum of the call for Equality for all in the north of Ireland. Hopefully equality here can be synchronised with Marriage Equality moves in the rest of Ireland.

    1. I suspect the government in the Irish republic would be keen to see such integration and synchronisation.

      I am sure some N Ireland/all Ireland political parties would also support such moves to co-ordinate and complement the two jurisdictions.

      Unfortunately, I suspect that other N Irish politicians will be even more grotesque than Cardinal O’Brien in their attempts to prevent equality and fairness in N Ireland or all of Ireland for LGBT people.

      1. Paddyswurds 11 Jul 2012, 1:50pm

        Perhaps Sinn Fein will be able to trade with the DUP and maybe , just maybe there will be as a result , a consensus even if it is a trade off. As for the impotent SDLP who knows, I doubt if even they know their own mind, similarity the weak Ulster Unionists. Both parties are as we speak, a busted flush of incompetence and infighting. .. ….

        1. Its a possibility about some sort of bargaining between Sinn Fein and the DUP (although I trust the DUP on LGBT issues as far as I could throw them!).

          The SDLP and UUP I have very mixed feelings with – certainly there is a lot of inflighting in both parties, and certainly there are distinct homophobes in both parties; but there are also modernisers in both (often suffocated by more dogmatic elements in their respective parties) who may embrace equality if given the chance to lead their parties in the right direction.

      2. Paddyswurds 11 Jul 2012, 1:56pm

        We here in the wee Six have a similar Neanderthal in the guise of the vile paedophile protector Brady. I foresee a tirade of hate and homophobia from him but we have more ammo than the Scots have in order to neutralise his bigotry. H is universally hated here and calls for his resignation are shrill…..

        1. I have to say that the strong and bold comments about Brady and the lack of integrity in his leadership have been a credit to McGuinness.

          1. I like the optimism but I’m afraid I can’t see the DUP budging on any LGBT issues it’s one of the reasons they are the biggest party in Northern Ireland, most of them belong to Ian Paisley’s church, i’d give it about 10 years or after Peter Robinson goes as FM and someone with common sense from within the DUP rises to become their leader. The SDLP support LGBT issues as far as I know, well at least the MLA’s and MP’s from Foyle do, I’m not sure about the party’s stance.

  3. This is great news! I had wondeted about NI since equal marriage got off the ground in Scotland, England & Wales. I’m glad that there is some political support for it too although I feel it may be a tougher fight there than it’s been in the rest of the UK – although I realise it’s not quite a done deal in Scotland or England & Wales yet! I’m confident it will be soon, though!

  4. That There Other David 11 Jul 2012, 3:15pm

    I wish them all the luck in the world. Something tells me they’ll need it.

    Saying that, it’s great that one of the Province’s major parties has completely grasped the need for equality for all. The DUP won’t change, but having us included in Sinn Fein’s vision for Northern Ireland gives me hope for the future that the DUP may wane in influence.

  5. Sinn Féin have already successfully passed two motions in support of marriage equality. Both Belfast and Cork cities supported their motion. Sinn Féin are to propose this motion at more councils.

  6. Pavlos Prince of Greece 11 Jul 2012, 6:23pm

    Nice. But I still skeptical. We need for this Tony in Belfast, again.

  7. And they are out with the same lies and bigoted arguments that have been shown to be grotesque elsewhere:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18827235

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