‘The last Assembly repeatedly failed to deliver marriage equality for Northern Ireland. The new Assembly must put that right.’ – Patrick Corrigan
Amnesty International has said that a clear majority in favour of marriage equality now exists among members of the newly-elected Northern Ireland Assembly and has called for early legislation to bring the region into line with the rest of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
According to Amnesty, at least 58 of the 108 elected Assembly members (MLAs) support the introduction of equal marriage. The figures are based on approaches to candidates before the election by Amnesty supporters and other marriage equality campaigners, as well as previous voting records and public statements.
In November the Northern Ireland Assembly voted in favour of the introduction of same‐sex marriage for the first time, by a margin of 53 to 52 MLAs, but the Democratic Unionist Party blocked the motion using a “petition of concern” veto mechanism originally designed to protect minority rights.
Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Programme Director, said: