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Sinn Féin will continue campaign for marriage equality in the North – Ruane

23 May, 2015 - by Caitríona Ruane

Caitríona Ruane said today Sinn Féin would continue its campaign for marriage equality for all in the north. 

The South Down MLA was speaking after early indications suggest a resounding victory for marriage equality in the referendum held in the 26 Counties yesterday.

Ms Ruane said.

“I’m delighted the people have voted overwhelmingly in favour of marriage equality for all.

“This referendum was all about equality, inclusion and respect for our LGBTI brothers and sisters.

“The campaign energised and engaged a whole new generation of young people in the democratic process. This result shows when people fully participate in the political process that change is not only possible but inevitable.

“Sinn Féin played a very positive and active role in the Yes campaign. We took our message of equality to the doors, put up posters and engaged in a very active social media campaign. 

“The fact so many of our people returned home to vote in this campaign highlighted yet again the need to tackle the issue of voting rights for the diaspora and for Irish citizens in the North. 

“The marriage equality rights that will be enjoyed by Irish citizens in the south must be shared by citizens in the north. 

“Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for marriage equality for all in the North and to end the discrimination against our LGBTI community.”

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