Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Consults on Same-Sex Marriage

The UK government has launched a consultation on two issues: same-sex religious marriage and the appropriate protections, and conversion entitlements in Northern Ireland. This consultation follows the changes to the law in Northern Ireland which came into effect on 13 January 2020, and mean that same-sex civil marriage and mixed-sex civil partnerships are now legal in Northern Ireland. This consultation […]

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Another massive vote for marriage

The House of Commons has voted again on whether to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland this autumn, should the devolved government at Stormont continue not to function. This time the vote passed with 328 votes for and 65 votes against the change – an overwhelming majority with notably less opposition than we saw in the 2013 same-sex marriage debate […]

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Northern Ireland: Not “I do”, but “I might…”

The House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly to introduce same-sex marriage – and relax the law on abortion – in Northern Ireland. It’s not as simple as it has been painted in some headlines though: the change does not come into effect yet. Instead it will await the latest round of attempts to reintroduce devolved government in Northern Ireland – […]

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Lords and Commons push for marriage reform


This week bills in the House of Commons and House of Lords will seek to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Same-sex marriage, albeit in slightly different legislative forms, exists in the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales & England, but not Northern Ireland. Reform in Northern Ireland has been blocked thus far by the DUP using powers given to […]

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Northern Ireland Minister: no movement on marriage

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chloe Smith MP, has confirmed that there is no likely reform of marriage law in Northern Ireland for the forseeable future. In a debate opened by Rutherglen MP Ged Killen (Co-Operative Party), Chloe explained: “My position on this issue is clear: I voted in support of same-sex marriage in England and Wales […]

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