Northern Ireland votes for Marriage Equality in a historic decision, the House of Commons voted 383-73 in favour to encompass same-sex marriage to all Northern Ireland. This clause will require secondary legislation, even so it’s a new step to a brighter and inclusive future.
MP Conor McGinn has expressed that “This house has failed LGBT people in Northern Ireland before,”, he then continued to “It failed a generation of people in Northern Ireland by not decriminalising homosexuality and condemned them to discrimination, to abuse and to living in fear many years after that stopped to be the case in the rest of the UK.
Minister John Penrose affirmed that the government would honour the results but stated that the legal complexities could mean it would take longer before the deadline of October 21, the final date for a devolved government could be formed at Stormont, to void this law.
Several cabinet ministers have changed their position since the last vote in 2013. The major supporters of this amendment were Minister Penny Mordaunt, Minister Matt Handcock, Minister Greg Clark, Minister Amber Rudd, Minister Michael Gove and Minister David Mundell.
“This is an incredible moment and a huge cause for celebration. Marriage equality in Northern Ireland is finally a reality.” Said Patrick Corrigan, director of Amnesty International of Northern Ireland.