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. No such requirement exists in Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK. Additionally, referenda in the UK are not automatically binding and would still require the Northern Ireland Assembly to vote on legislation giving effect to the referendum result. We believe it is likely that this vote would be blocked just as previous votes on marriage equality have been blocked by the use of the petition of concern.