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Evangelical group angered over MPs' vote to liberalise laws here

‘Progressive’: Les Allamby
‘Progressive’: Les Allamby

BY staff reporter

A Protestant evangelical lobby group has said "future generations will rightly look back with shame" after MPs voted to change the laws on abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Amendments made to legislation by the House of Commons earlier this week compel the Government to liberalise access to abortion and allow same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland if Stormont is not restored by October 21.

The fundamentalist Caleb Foundation said it "deplores the decision made by MPs to impose upon Northern Ireland measures which will be damaging to individuals and detrimental to society, as they have been in the rest of the UK". The group's secretary, Rev Philip Campbell, said: "While the lack of devolved government stores up huge problems in health, education and more, why this obsession with perverting marriage and destroying unborn children?

"Future generations will rightly look back with shame on how far we have drifted from God and His principles for human life."

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission welcomed the recent interventions by MPs.

Chief Commissioner Les Allamby said: "The commitment by the Westminster Parliament to ensure the law is changed, in the continuing absence of devolved government, is progressive and will ensure a welcomed equal level of protection.

"The commitment shown by Members of Parliament to protect the fundamental rights of women and girls in Northern Ireland and amend the law on termination of pregnancy is also long overdue."

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