Monday 02-11-2015 - 14:37
NUS-USI has been working to deliver political support for marriage equality here, and NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran, who shared his personal story last week, has welcomed the fact that today more MLAs votes yes to equal marriage than no, for the first time ever. He also said that anyone who would use a petition of concern, which exists to protect minority rights, to prevent a vote for equality passing must take a long look at themselves.
President of NUS-USI Fergal McFerran said: “This is a historic day, and will be celebrated despite the actions of those who placed a petition of concern. I am very pleased that for the first time ever, more MLAs who voted supported marriage equality rather than opposing it.
“This is a prelude to the eventual delivery of equal marriage, which I hope and imagine will be sooner rather than later.
“Equality simply must be delivered, and I wish to reach out to anyone who is currently opposed to marriage equality, to encourage them to further examine the issue and see if they can move forward to support equal marriage.”
NUS-USI LGBT officer Colin Chan said: “The petition of concern is a measure which exists to protect the rights of minority groups, and for anyone to use it to stop a victory for equality is shameful. Those who would do this should examine their actions, and see if they are compatible with the spirit of what the measure was intended for.
“Equality for all is not too much to ask for - it is essential. I have a feeling that this vote today is a signal that we will not have to wait much longer for marriage equality. Equality is need immediately, and the real question is who will be found on the wrong side of history when it is delivered?”