2nd July 2017

I was delighted to be in Belfast yesterday along with many Green Party friends and family for the Love Equality NI march. A wonderful occasion, but let’s hope this is the last year we need to do it. It’s very clear that a majority of people in Northern Ireland want us to have marriage equality, bringing us in line with our neighbours across Western Europe. When the Green Party first brought the issue to Stormont we were way ahead of the curve, but the only thing blocking it in the last session was the misuse of the petition of concern. Currently, of course, we have no Assembly to consider the issue, and have no way of knowing whether or not it is a feature in the secret negotiations between the DUP and Sinn Fein. It is indeed time for change.

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