NORTHERN IRELAND REJECTS HOMOSEXUAL ‘MARRIAGE’ FOR FOURTH TIME
Dear Marriage supporter
NI rejects homosexual ‘marriage’ for the fourth time
A motion calling for the redefinition of marriage has been defeated in the Northern Ireland Assembly for the fourth time in three years.
MLAs rejected calls to introduce same-sex ‘marriage’ by 49 votes to 47 this afternoon.
Colin Hart, Director of Coalition for Marriage, said: “This is welcome news. After four attempts, which could never have led to legislation, it’s now time for those obsessed with trying to redefine marriage to finally accept that this side of the 2016 Assembly elections there is no way that same-sex ‘marriage’ could become law in the Province.”
The motion could not have led to legislation because the DUP tabled a ‘petition of concern’. This mechanism requires a majority of MLAs from both unionist and nationalist communities to support the measure.
However, it does stand as another reminder to those seeking to force homosexual ‘marriage’ on the Province that there are still many opposed to their plans.
MLAs defeated three similar attempts to introduce homosexual ‘marriage’, in 2012, 2013 and again last year.
Ashers case significant for free speech
The issue of same-sex ‘marriage’ in Northern Ireland has been brought into public focus following the case of Ashers Baking Company.
The bakery was put on trial by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) which accused it of breaking discrimination laws when it turned down an order to print the words “Support Gay Marriage” on one of its cakes.
Ashers’ barrister told the court that writing the message would have gone against the family’s deeply-held religious beliefs and if Ashers were to lose its case then other businesses would also be forced to promote causes with which they fundamentally disagree.
The judge is considering the evidence and a ruling is not expected for a number of weeks.
Read more at c4m.org.uk
Thank you for your continued support.
Coalition for Marriage