Northern Ireland equal marriage measure has been symbolically passed by MPs

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 13: Thousands of people take part in a march and rally calling for legislation for same-sex marriage on June 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The March for Civil Marriage Equality demonstration was organised jointly by Amnesty International, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and The Rainbow Project. Following the Yes vote in last month's Irish referendum, Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK or Ireland where the right to civil marriage is denied to gay couples. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

MPs in the UK Parliament have passed a largely symbolic measure to attract people’s attention to that fact that there is still a part of the UK which does not approve the right for marriage as a basic right for any individual regardless of sexual orientation. The backbench amendment was submitted last Wednesday (October 24) by Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn, who sought to address Northern Ireland’s bans on abortion and gay weddings. It passed by a vote of 207 to 117. The revised amendment instead directs Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley to “issue guidance” to Northern Ireland government departments
concerning their actions they have to take in order to compensate their inability to provide basic rights for all human beings in Northern Ireland. The amendment was tacked onto a key government bill heading through Parliament intended to extend powers to civil servants in the region as there is currently no fully-functioning government


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