Stormont denies us a third time

For the third time in two years, the Northern Ireland Assembly has voted down a motion to introduce same-sex marriage there – now the one part of the UK not to have legislated for it.

The proposal was defeated by 51 to 43, almost exactly the same result as when it was last debated a year ago. The vote went largely along party lines with Sinn Fein and the SDLP, and non-sectarian parties like the Alliance tending to support the measure, but the Unionist parties strongly against.

 

Stormont debates same-sex marriage… again

"Bi Do!"Unlike the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland hasn’t passed same-sex marriage into law. Today for the third time the devolved Stormont assembly will debate bringing the law there into line with the rest of the UK.

It seems unlikely to pass, not least due to blocking moves by the DUP.

The previous two debates were October 2012, when the motion was rejected by 49 votes to 45, last April when the proposal fell by 53 votes to 42.

Marriage: Not for Northern Ireland?

A proposal to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has fallen at the first hurdle when put to the vote today.

When the Stormont Assembly members voted, the motion was rejected by 53 votes to 42,a wider margin than when a similar motion was tabled last October. It attracted support from Nationalist and non-sectarian parties but significant opposition from Unionist parties.

A blocking measure by the DUP ensured that even if it had passed the measure would have been prevented from progressing. The DUP invoked rules which demand measures have attracted minimum levels of support from both Nationalist and Unionist assembly members.

Stormont marriage motion fails

A proposal to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has fallen at the first vote.

When put to the vote the motion was rejected by 49 votes to 45, though a blocking measure by the DUP ensured that even if it had passed by a narrow margin it would have been prevented from progressing. The DUP invoked rules which demand measures have attracted support from both Nationalist and Unionist assembly members.