Friday 01-05-2015 - 09:07
On Monday 27 April, the Northern Ireland Assembly voted for a fourth time on marriage equality and for a fourth time it fell with the closest vote to date during the campaign.
On Monday 27 April, the Northern Ireland Assembly voted for a fourth time on marriage equality and for a fourth time it fell with the closest vote to date during the campaign. A total of 96 MLAs took part in the vote and 49 voted against the Sinn Féin motion calling for civil marriage equality, with 47 in favour.
NUS Scotland LGBT Officer, Lani Baird said, "On Monday we heard that the marriage equality vote took place and fell by little more than 2 votes. This is a disappointing result and highlights the need to continue the fight for LGBT equality for the people of Northern Ireland. NUS Scotland LGBT send our solidarity to the LGBT community in Northern Ireland.
"Northern Ireland will get equal marriage and I urge the LGBT community there not to stop fighting. We send our love and support to you. On top of this, I want to make a special mention to NUS-USI's LGBT Officer, Colin Chan and the work they have been doing to fight for marriage equality in Northern Ireland.
The momentum needs to continue to challenge those who seek to stop progressive change and win the fight to ensure that equality rights are not held back from the LGBT community. "