The fact this motion was passed overwhelmingly – and that it was put forward by two UUP MLAs – is significant, given that the Assembly only backed marriage equality for the first time six years ago. Even the DUP and TUV put their opposition in much softer terms than they would have in the past. This speaks volumes about the positive change in attitudes taking place in society. These are being driven from below – represented by the 20,000 people who marched for marriage equality – not by the politicians at Stormont.
Tag: LGBT Rights
The gains made over the last few years, both North and South, show what can be achieved when we stand up and make our demands known. Progress has come about as the direct result of organised, mass campaigns involving ordinary people.
by Andrew Farley The last year has been a successful one for the struggle for LGBT rights in Ireland. In May’s referendum, 62% of the electorate in the South voted in favour of marriage equality. Support was strongest in working class communities. In July, under pressure from below, the […]