Events

April 29th 2013 (12pm – 1.30pm)

Assembly Debate and Demonstration outside Stormont

The motion below will be debated by the Northern Ireland Assembly on Monday 29th April at approximately 1pm. We are organising a demonstration outside Stormont for between 12-1.30pm to coincide with the debate, and need as many people to get involved as possible. So, please try to come and show your support and invite others and spread the word. More details will be available on our Facebook page.

Motion: Marriage Equality at the Constitutional Convention
Proposed:
That this Assembly recognises the importance of the Constitutional Convention; notes the participation of parties from the Assembly; welcomes the 79 per cent majority vote at the Constitution in favour of marriage equality; and calls on the Executive to bring forward the necessary legislation to allow for same sex marriage.
Ms C Ruane Ms B McGahan Mr B McElduff

April 19th-29th 2013

Write to your MLA campaign

As you may be aware from our updates during the week, the motion below will be debated by the Northern Ireland Assembly on Monday 29th April. You can really make a difference by writing to your MLA to get them to support this motion. Our Facebook event page will give you all the details and guidance on what you can say, and who to write to. We will be updating the page daily with a list of MLAs by party and constituency, along with their contact info, so that you can voice your support to them for equal marriage. Let them know there is public support in NI!

Here’s the motion: Marriage Equality at the Constitutional Convention
Proposed:
That this Assembly recognises the importance of the Constitutional Convention; notes the participation of parties from the Assembly; welcomes the 79 per cent majority vote at the Constitution in favour of marriage equality; and calls on the Executive to bring forward the necessary legislation to allow for same sex marriage.
Ms C Ruane Ms B McGahan Mr B McElduff

Below is a draft letter to send to MLAs.

*** Please note, there are three possible middle sections for this letter depending on how MLAs voted in the last motion.

<<Name>>
<<Address 1>>
<<Address 2>>
<<City>>
<<Postcode>>

<<date>>

Dear <<name>>

I am writing to you regarding the upcoming motion on same-sex marriage to be debated by the Northern Ireland Assembly.
This motion recognises the significance of the determination made by the Irish Constitutional Convention, that same-sex marriage be put to a referendum allowing the people of Ireland to amend the constitution and allow for the recognition of same-sex marriages.

Marriage equality is an issue of international importance. It has been legalised in 13 countries with France, Scotland, England and Wales poised to pass legislation soon. It could be that soon, Northern Ireland will be the only place in these islands where same-sex marriage is not recognised, damaging the competitiveness of the Northern Ireland economy.

I, as well as many of your other constituents, fully support the rights of loving and committed same-sex couples to have their relationships recognised as marriages and I urge you to support this motion.

*I understand that you voted in favour of the previous motion which was submitted to the Northern Ireland Assembly. For this I am very grateful. I am confident that you agree with me that equal marriage is one of the defining civil rights issues of our time and that it is important for public representatives to stand up for their constituents and proudly vote in favour of this motion.

**I understand that you voted against the previous motion which was submitted to the Northern Ireland Assembly. I understand that many people have strong religious or moral objections to the introduction of same-sex marriage however I feel it is important to stress that allowing loving and committed couples to marry will not negatively impact anyone else’s relationship. If your concerns are that religious celebrants could be forced to conduct same-sex marriages please understand that the Equal Marriage NI campaign are completely opposed to forcing anyone to conduct a marriage against their will.

***I understand that you were not present for the previous vote on equal marriage which was submitted to the Northern Ireland Assembly. I hope you will agree with me that equal marriage is one of the defining civil rights issues of our time and that it is important for public representatives to stand up for their constituents and proudly vote in favour of this motion. I hope that you can be present to vote for the motion when it is debated in the Assembly.

The Equal Marriage Northern Ireland Campaign will be hosting a demonstration outside the Assembly on the day of the motion and I urge you to come and speak to equal marriage supporters and talk to us about how you will vote in the motion.

Yours sincerely,

November 2012:

Equal Marriage NI recently presented its first event, a screening of the film ‘Taking a Chance on God’ by director, Brendan Fay, on November 17th in the QFT as part of the annual Outburst Arts festival. The film chronicles the extraordinary life of John McNeill, a gay priest and LGBT activist through interviews with McNeill himself as well as the many people who have been influenced by his pioneering work for gay liberation and, later, marriage equality. The screening was hugely successful, and was followed by a Q and A with the director, Brendan Fay, who was joined on the panel by John O’Doherty and Gavin Boyd of the Equal Marriage NI executive, and former MLA, now current Children’s Commissioner, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney.

December 2012:

Equal Marriage NI is pleased to announce the details of its first public meeting, which will be held on 13th December at 7pm in the Students’ Union at Queen’s University. More details can be found on our Facebook events page.

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