LGBT group says Northern Ireland gay marriage referendum is not the answer
The largest LGBT support group in Northern Ireland has rejected calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage.
It remains the only country in the United Kingdom that does not allow same-sex marriage. The Assembly in Stormont held a vote on the issue on Monday, but it failed to secure enough votes.
The DUP had issued a “petition of concern” which would automatically block same-sex marriage even if MLAs had voted in favour.
The DUP also rejected the calls for a referendum.
However, the Rainbow Project, an LGBT support group, said that a referendum has no “no legal binding effect”, and would not necessarily legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
John O’Doherty, the director of the Rainbow Project, said: “Even if the public were to vote in favour of marriage equality, the Assembly would have to pass enabling legislation and as we have seen this week, the Assembly is incapable of making this necessary legal change.”
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