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SF will bring issue to Stormont again

By Staff Reporter

Published 20/08/2015

Sinn Fein will bring another motion backing same-sex marriage to Stormont in the new term. It has challenged the SDLP to support it after its rival nationalist party abstained on a similar motion in the Causeway Coast and Glens Council.

Currently SDLP policy is to support same-sex marriage but to allow individuals the right to abstain on grounds of conscience. The issue came into focus at the policy committee of the Causeway council on Tuesday evening. Tony McCaul of Sinn Fein put forward a motion backing the extension of same sex marriage to Northern Ireland. Maura Hickey, the only SDLP member present, abstained. Equal marriage was passed by referendum in the republic in May with a majority of 62.5% in support.

It has also been passed into law in Westminster. That leaves Northern Ireland as the only part of the UK without same-sex marriage.

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