Northern Ireland’s Gay Marriage Bill Defeated
Northern Ireland’s Assembly couldn’t come together and a proposed bill to legalize gay marriage in Ireland has been closely defeated.
The final vote on April 29 was 53 to 42 against the bill. The Democratic Unionist party and Ulster Unionist party helped defeat the Sinn Féin motion backed by the Social Democratic and Labour Party, Alliance and the Green party, The Guardian reports.
Both the Presbyterian and Catholic Church had written to members of the Unionist party in government to oppose same-sex marriage.
Those in favor of the bill are considering a legal challenge in the British and European courts if Northern Ireland is the only part left without the right to marry for LGBT people in the UK.
“States may not discriminate with regards to the right to marry and found a family, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. That obligation is clear in international law,” Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland programme director, said as quoted by Gay Star News.
“This means that marriage should be available to same-sex couples in Northern Ireland just as it appears it soon will be in other parts of the UK.”