West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Assembly misses chance to back marriage equality- Michaela Boyle MLA

Published: 1 May, 2013

Michaela Boyle MLA meeting with Strabane LGBT group ahead of the debate in Stormont

Michaela Boyle MLA meeting with Strabane LGBT group ahead of the debate in Stormont

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle said she is disappointed that the Assembly missed an opportunity to bring equality to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on the issue of marriage.

The West Tyrone MLA said:

"The issue of marriage equality does not threaten anybody nor does it attack the sacrament of marriage in the various religious institutions but rather is more about equality and rights.

"Two gay people should have the same rights in marriage as currently held by heterosexual couples. This was supported overwhelmingly in the recent constitutional convention held in Dublin.

"The opposition to the marriage equality motion was predictable from the fundamentalists who have attempted to deny equality to people throughout their political life.

"Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for marriage equality so that all sections of our community regardless of creed, colour or sexual orientation enjoy equal rights. LGBT couples should have the same rights as any other citizen on this island."