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Northern Ireland: Protests take place at Assembly as equal marriage measures fail again

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  1. To be expected considering the bigotry of the DUP.

    More concerning is the idea that the Republic wants to a public vote on equal civil rights, That is such an offensive and dangerous precedent.

    I know that some lawyers say a referendum is necessary, but if so then the Irish Constitution is a deeply flawed document.

    1. That There Other David 29 Apr 2013, 6:08pm

      The Irish Constitution IS a deeply flawed document, something that every Irish politician or lawyer will happily tell you. That’s why there’s such a push in the country to amend it, not just for marriage equality, but to remove all sorts of outdated rubbish such as the requirement for government to outlaw blasphemy or to promote the role of “women in the home”. I kid you not, both of those things are in the Irish Constitution as it stands.

      1. Jane McQueen 30 Apr 2013, 12:04am

        Indeed its also one of the few nations that bar’s atheists from holding the office of president. Its a very very odd constitution considering it’s not 100 years old

  2. Shame on the DUP, yet again.

    I live a DUP stronghold, and yet I would say the majority of people in my town would support equal marriage.

    Such a shame that people are more concerned with “keeping the shinners out” than what the unionist party they’re
    voting for represents.

  3. 42-53 is an amazingly narrow margin of loss for the Stormont Assembly. 22-73 would have been closer to my prediction, knowing the religious extremists in the NI.

    I would count this a moral victory, and tell the NI folks to keep working on your MLAs.

    1. Jane McQueen 30 Apr 2013, 12:06am

      There is a possibility that Westminster will use it’s powers to just extend English and Welsh Law to cover Northern Ireland. As there was talk about it being done as the UK government does not want to end up in a long and expensive court case in the ECtHR trying to defend Northern Ireland’s stance being different from the rest of the UK.

  4. This was a shameful use of the cross-community procedure, which can only damage the credibility of NI politics.

    On this occasion the vote would have been lost anyway, but it won’t be long until we have a simple majority. The DUP should think hard before frittering away their political capital with such disingenuous uses of the veto.

  5. Colin (London) 30 Apr 2013, 4:06am

    How small minded can you get..
    A very small group of people asking for the same rights the majority with one small difference. Explain to me how a same sex marriage affects anyone elses marriage? Minority rights. The world will not stop rotating.
    I’ve listened to the Irish MP’s in London Parliament and the ones on the Same Sex Marriage Bill in London currently and could have predicted this easily. A very backward part of the world.
    What do you expect from religious nuts more interested in pretty frocks that real peoples lives.
    A lost oppertunity and I hope london forces it onto the agenda again very soon.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Apr 2013, 12:40pm

    I remember that other DUP bigot, Jim Shannon during the equal marriage committee hearings last month. What a vile, bigoted man he is. It was insufferable hearing him rant about religious bigots not having enough protections and exemptions from prosecution under the equalities legislation.

    Since NI has devolved government, I don’t understand why DUP members should be allowed to take part in what goes on in Westminster. We have enough of our own home-grown bigots and homophobes to contend with, mostly in the Tory party.

    Sooner or later, equal marriage will come to NI. How can it hold out with the rest of the UK and Ireland on board?

  7. What a dreadful, backward, bigoted place Northern Ireland remains. Hundreds of years of strife and lack of human rights progress …. all in the name of religion.

  8. Northern Ireland wants to join Australia in still banning SSMs!

    What a total embrassing joke both Northern Ireland and Australian lawmakers really are!

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