Theresa May skipped vote on Northern Ireland marriage equality

Marco Green
July 12, 2019

"If we say to women that we will force them to continue an unwanted pregnancy, they will always be second-class citizens compared with their male counterparts". In a free vote, MPs in the lower House of Commons voted in favor for the same-sex marriage amendment by 383 votes to 73 while the abortion amendment was supported by 332 votes to 99. Northern Ireland's inward investment rates have generally exceeded the United Kingdom average in recent years.

May make her promise to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Britons over the weekend, but she she was one of several high profile politicians who chose to sit out of the marriage equality vote.

If the Creasy and McGinn amendments become legislation applying to Northern Ireland - still a big "if" - this will represent a massive change.

The total number of abortions avoided over the last half century is at least 100,000: that is 100,000 people, nearly all of whom would still be alive today, who would not be here if Northern Ireland had copied GB's abortion law.

Following the two historic bills, Stella Creasy tweeted: "Thank you to everyone who today stood up for equality in Northern Ireland - whether for same sex marriage or abortion, today we have said everyone in the United Kingdom deserves to be treated as an equal". Equality should know no borders.

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".

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