Northern Ireland gets closer to equality

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MPs have given final approval to a bill that will extend same-sex marriage and abortion rights to Northern Ireland, even though the devolved government in the country is formally absent. The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill cleared its final stage in Parliament on July 22nd. after an equal marriage amendment tabled by Labour MP Conor McGinn gained the approval of both the House of Commons and House of Lords. The amended bill, which will now head to the Queen for royal assent, will extend the marriage equality law to the whole UK (Northern Ireland is the only UK territory that did not have it before) by the end of this year. Northern Irish LGBT+ campaigners, who came together as the Love Equality coalition to press for the bill, celebrated the news. John O’Doherty, director of Northern Ireland LGBT+ charity The Rainbow Project, was one of the first to celebrate the decision. Patrick Corrigan of the Love Equality coalition, also wrote a praising statement.

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