This is a number of people who have signed a petition aimed to legalise same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland. The petition – organised by the Belfast-based LGBT news group The Gay Say – will be submitted by People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll. The petition protests against the use of the petition of concern by the DUP to stop a majority vote by MLAs in favour of same-sex marriage being passed. The Northern Irish Assembly backed equal marriage by a vote of 53 to 51 last year – but the DUP used the peace process powers to override the democratic process and block equality for a fifth time. And despite clear opposition, the party has promised to “stand by its commitment to family values and marriage”.
The party’s spokesman said: “This position has been outlined on every occasion the issue has been debated in the Assembly and was contained within the party’s manifesto for the 2016 Assembly election.” But one of the petition organizers claimed that even pro-LGBT activists are losing patience. “By ignoring the majority will and blocking the right of LGBT couples to marry, the DUP is subverting democracy. The time has come for the DUP to end its four decades of opposition to LGBT equality.”