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Northern Ireland: 20,000 Signatures for Same-sex Marriage
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of September 22, 2016) Approximately 20,000 people signed an online petition for gay marriage in Northern Ireland. On September 20, 2016 the petition organized by the LGBT group The Gay Say was handed over to Robin Newton, the President of the Parliament, who had already rejected legalizing gay marriage five times.
The following video shows M.P. Gerry Carroll (member of the group People Before Profit) officially handing over the petition to the Northern Irish Parliament.
The latest parliamentary vote from November 2015 resulted in a slight majority for gay marriage (53 vs. 51 votes). However, the majority party in parliament (DUP = Democratic Unionist Party) had the vote declared invalid for formal defects.
The DUP considers the status quo good enough because gays and lesbians may already enter in a civil union offering them all they need. The DUP and religious organizations are afraid that same-sex marriage could threaten families and heterosexual marriages.
Current polls show that a majority of the Northern Irish population today is in favor of gay marriage. According to Pink News of May 2016, 68% of the Northern Irish support same-sex marriage (even more than the 62% in Ireland).
The Northern Irish members of parliament who are in favor of gay marriage blame the DUP for not supporting the peoples’ will by rejecting gay marriage.