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Calls for same sex marriage across Northern Ireland 12 months on from referendum

Twelve months on from the same sex marriage referendum in the Republic of Ireland, there have been calls to introduce the law into the north.

Newly elected Sinn Fein MLA, and prominent LGBT campaigner Megan Fearon, has said it is time to “make grá the law” in all 32 counties.

“It’s hard to believe its been a year since that magnificent day when we amended our constitution to recognise the rights of our brothers and sisters,” she said.

“We can be proud that Ireland has led the way on this issue.

“However, we still do not have full marriage equality across island and it is time to support our gay brothers and sisters across the north.

“It is nothing short of shameful that people face discrimination every single day of their lives because of their sexual orientation.

“Equality is an all or nothing concept. You cannot be a little bit equal,that is not how it works, so the status quo is not good enough.

“It’s time others in the Assembly got their act together and made their way into the 21 st century

“Those who strive to hold back progress will be on the wrong side of history.

“In years to come, when we are asked where we were during the fight for equal rights, we, in Sinn Féin will be more than proud to say we were there.

“The campaign for marriage equality has energised and engaged a whole new generation of young people and showed us that when people take ownership of politics, change is possible.

“On 22 nd May 2015… love won. Let’s fight for love in every corner of this island.”

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