For the fourth time, the Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected legislation allowing for same-sex marriage
In a scathing attack on LGBT rights, DUP Assembly member Peter Weir (right) said:
"This is not a serious debate. Clearly this motion is an attack on the symbolism of marriage and the institution of marriage and an attempt to redefine marriage. My party believes, and I believe also, that marriage is between one man and one woman and once you redefine that you lose the essence of marriage itself."
The SDLP's Colm Eastwood said:
"We need to be seen to be embracing all members of our community. There is no reason why the north of Ireland should be the only place on these islands that doesn't have marriage available to same sex couples."
Stating that his party would continue to work on LGBT rights issues, Alliance Assembly member Chris Lyttle said:
"The Alliance Party…supports the extension of state provided civil marriage to same sex couples, provided that robust legislative protection can uphold the religious freedom of faith groups to define and practice religious marriage as they determine.”
Earlier this week, DUP Assembly member and health minister Jim Wells resigned after a video emerging which showed him linking same-sex relationships with child abuse.
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