Sinn Fein promises to continue fighting for marriage equality in Northern Ireland

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A same-sex couple exchanges rings after they registered their civil union at Rome's city hall on May 21, 2015 in Rome. The city of Rome organized today a "Celebration Day" to registrate civil unions including same-sex ones. Italy's Justice Minister Andrea Orlando said yesterday the country needs a civil unions law and a draft bill by ruling Democratic Party (PD) should be presented in parliament by the end of July. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sinn Fein has reiterated its pledge to campaign over legal recognition of same-sex marriages in her country. Members Gerry Kelly, Caral Ni Chuilin and Megan Fearon said that the demand of marriage equality in Northern Ireland grows rapidly every day and it’s time to move in this direction. The members signed a pledge to legislate to pass same-sex marriage, as well as actively campaign to have it legalised. The party has already made several attempts to legalize same-sex marriages, but all the attempts were blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Fearon, an Assembly candidate for Newry and Armagh said she has friends in the Republic of Ireland where same-sex marriages are legal and people marry each other for love, regardless of gender. And it made her feel sad that it cannot be the same on the other side of the boarder.

“We are publishing our pledge to actively work to legislate marriage equality. We believe there’s a growing demand for marriage equality. We made history in 2015 when the south [of Ireland] legislated for marriage equality. I live right on the border. A few miles over it I have friends in Dundalk who can marry the person they love but not in Newry, likewise in London, but not in Belfast,” said Fearon. She continued: “So we are pledging to actively work for equality as we have always done and we want to see all parties sign up to this pledge and all parties who say they are progressive to state clearly what they will do for the LGBT community.”

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