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Equality Commission declaration on marriage equality welcomed

31 October, 2013 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin Chief Whip Caitriona Ruane has welcomed the Equality Commission declaration that its supports same sex marriage and that Stormont needs to do more to bring equality to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

 Ms Ruane stated,

 “Sinn Féin has twice brought motions calling for marriage equality in the Assembly only to be blocked by motions of concern from the DUP.

 “The statement tonight from the Equality Commission that they support same-sex marriage as it is a fundamental equality matter is a welcome step in the campaign for marriage equality.

 “The Commission has recognised that many parties need to show leadership in bringing about the changes needed for real equality for the GLBT community.  I also believe that this extends to individual members who while purporting to support equality disappear at the first sign of a debate on marriage equality.

 “Marriage equality threatens no one or any religious doctrine and Sinn Fein has promised to continue to raise the issue in the Assembly until is implemented into legislation that gives all couple equal legal rights in marriage.”

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