Tuesday, 09 July 2019 05:49


The SNP has welcomed a vote for progress on equal marriage and women’s right to choose in Northern Ireland.

Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP said:

“This is an historic day for equality in Northern Ireland, as vital progress is finally made on LGBT and women’s rights – after many years of campaigning by the people who live there.

“In the absence of a functioning Stormont Assembly, I’m proud the SNP has done our bit to support equal marriage and women’s right to choose in Northern Ireland – and I’m pleased for all those who stand to benefit from having their human rights respected. 

"We cannot underestimate how important these changes are to the people of Northern Ireland - and how relieved many people will be to see this important step forward. These were sensible proposals that respect devolution but allow progress to be made while the Assembly is suspended.

“The SNP government’s record of leading the way on LGBT and women’s equality is one of our proudest achievements. While we will always defend the principle of devolution, in the circumstances of the vote this was the right thing to do."

The SNP Scottish Government introduced equal marriage in Scotland in 2014, through the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014. Under the SNP government's legislation, Scotland is the only part of the UK that allows same-sex couples from Northern Ireland to convert their civil partnerships to same-sex marriage.

The SNP Scottish Government introduced free abortions in Scotland for women from Northern Ireland in 2017.

SNP MPs to vote on legalising same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland - https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/snp-mps-to-vote-on-legalising-same-sex-marriage-and-abortion-in-northern-ireland-935726.html

Scotland's same-sex marriage bill is passed - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25960225 

Revealed: Arlene Foster's letter to Scottish government minister over same-sex marriage - https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/revealed-arlene-fosters-letter-to-scottish-government-minister-over-samesex-marriage-35847474.html

Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-41879520

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