MAKE LOVE EQUAL – TAKE ACTION IN SUPPORT OF EQUAL MARRIAGE IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Northern Ireland is the only region of the UK which does not allow or recognise same-sex marriage, despite huge support among the public and Northern Ireland Assembly members.

In the absence of functioning devolution, only Parliament can undo the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. On 1 March this issue will be raised in Westminster.

On that date, the Civil Partnership Bill will be considered in the Lords, and peers will have an opportunity to support an amendment from Lord Hayward which would extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland.

We need you to tell the Government to stand up for equal rights for LGBT+ people throughout the UK.

To add your voice, please use the form below to send an email to:

Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister for Home Affairs, House of Lords
Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland;
Lord Duncan of Springbank, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland;
Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Women and Equalities;
Lord Kennedy of Southwark, Shadow Spokesperson on Home Affairs; and
Baroness Liz Barker, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson.


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TO: Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister for Home Affairs, House of Lords

RE: Make Love Equal – Marriage Equality for Northern Ireland.

Your Government holds the future happiness of thousands of LGBT+ people and their families in their hands. 

Years after same sex marriage was introduced in every other part of the UK, LGBT+ people are still denied the right to get married in Northern Ireland.  This is despite the support of the vast majority of the Northern Ireland public and the majority of Assembly members. 

In February 2018, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley MP, told the House of Commons that, while marriage equality was a devolved matter, “the power of the Westminster Parliament to legislate remains unaffected. If this issue were to be raised in Westminster, the Government’s policy is to allow a free vote.”
On 1 March, this issue will be raised in Westminster and there will be an opportunity for the Government to live up to its commitment and for opposition parties to come together to press for change.
On that date, the Civil Partnership Bill will be considered in the Lords, and peers are expected to have an opportunity to support an amendment from Lord Hayward which would extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland.
It is time to stand up for equal rights for LGBT+ people throughout the UK.

Please make marriage inequality history.

Yours,

cc: : Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Lord Duncan of Springbank, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Women and Equalities
Lord Kennedy of Southwark, Shadow Spokesperson on Home Affairs
Baroness Liz Barker, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson