April 2016

What is Love Equality?

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Love Equality is a campaign led by a consortium of organisations within Northern Ireland who are campaigning to for the introduction of legislation in Northern Ireland for equal civil marriage for same sex couples. Love Equality is a consortium of Amnesty International Northern Ireland, The Rainbow Project, Irish Congress of Trade Unions Northern Ireland, Here

What is Love Equality?2016-04-10T22:05:07+01:00

What is the history of the campaign?

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The organisations involved in the Love Equality campaign have each been involved in the campaign for equal civil marriage for years. From 2012 – 2015 these organisations were involved in a range of campaigns including supporting four equal marriage motions which were brought before the Northern Ireland Assembly, and actively lobbying our local politicians. Following

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March 2016

I thought marriage equality had already passed for Northern Ireland?

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Unfortunately not. Although legislation was passed in England, Scotland and Wales and there was the successful marriage equality referendum in the Republic of Ireland, same sex couples are still denied the right to marry in Northern Ireland. Also, couples who have been legally married in other parts of the UK or Ireland are not recognised

I thought marriage equality had already passed for Northern Ireland?2016-04-01T18:42:23+01:00

Why has marriage equality not been passed in Northern Ireland?

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There have been five votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly calling for the introduction of marriage equality in Northern Ireland. On the most recent vote, the marriage equality side won a majority for the first time, however, the DUP lodged a petition of concern to veto the majority vote of the Assembly and block the

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If you already have civil partnerships why do you want marriage?

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Civil partnerships are great for those people who want to enter them but many people want to get married and see civil partnerships as something given less societal respect and understanding than marriage. Marriage is a fundamental human right which must be secured without discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender.

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If Stormont is blocking marriage equality, why not have a referendum like in the Republic of Ireland?

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Although numerous polls show that the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland support marriage equality, we do not believe that the fundamental rights of minority groups should be put up to a popular vote. In the Republic of Ireland, marriage equality could only become legal by amending the Republic’s constitution, which requires a referendum.

If Stormont is blocking marriage equality, why not have a referendum like in the Republic of Ireland?2016-04-01T18:43:10+01:00

Are you going to force priests and ministers to perform same-sex marriages?

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Absolutely not. We believe that the freedom to practice religion is a fundamental human right and it would be wrong and completely unlawful to force a religious celebrant to conduct a ceremony against the tenets of their faith. However, we also believe that there are many religious celebrants in Northern Ireland who would like the

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If Stormont is blocking marriage equality, why not just go through the courts?

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Ultimately we believe that the best solution would be for the Northern Ireland Assembly to pass legislation allowing for marriage equality. We believe it is the duty of our legislators to vote in the interests of the people of Northern Ireland and remove marriage discrimination. If the Northern Ireland Assembly proves itself to be unable

If Stormont is blocking marriage equality, why not just go through the courts?2016-04-01T18:43:46+01:00