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Support rallies opposed to conscience clause

19 January, 2015 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin South Down MLA Caitríona Ruane called on people to come out and support the rallies in Newry, Derry and Belfast in opposition to the so-called ‘Conscience Clause Bill’

 Ms Ruane said,

 “It is imperative that as many people come out and protest against the DUP ‘Conscience Clause Bill’ and protect the rights of minorities in our society.

 “On Saturday the 31st of January three rallies will take place in Belfast, Derry and Newry in opposition to the so called ‘Conscience Clause Bill’.  The rally in Derry will take place at 2pm in front of the Guildhall in Derry; whilst in Belfast and Newry the rallies will commence at 3pm outside their respective city halls.

 ‘’We need as many people as possible to come out, loud and proud and say that discrimination against our LGB & T community is unacceptable.  We as a society must send out a very clear message that the days of banning certain sections of society from shops or services are long gone.’

 ‘’In the past signs read, no dogs no blacks no Irish, those signs were wrong, that discrimination was wrong and any attempt to recreate that type of discrimination today against the LGB & T community is also wrong.

 “Sinn Féin will oppose any attempt to undermine the rights of all people in our society to have equal and fair service when buying goods and services.

 “I am calling on people and action groups to support these rallies on January 31st.”

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