FOLLOWING last night’s vote at Westminster which backed the equal marriage bill, NUS-USI President Adrianne Peltz said politicians in the Northern Ireland Assembly must enable equal marriage here as soon as possible to tackle inequality and show that the region is moving forward.
Adrianne Peltz said: “The result at Westminster was a historic day in the campaign for equality. Northern Ireland’s politicians must now bring forward legislation in the Assembly to deliver equal marriage here. If this doesn’t happen, Northern Ireland could be left behind as it appears that all other regions of the UK are going to deliver this positive change.
“I want to take this opportunity to praise the MPs from Northern Ireland who voted in favour of equal marriage and I would call on them to put pressure on the Assembly to show the leadership that they have demonstrated.
“Equality is a right and anyone who denies the opportunity for equal marriage needs to have a long look at themselves and effect that their opposition to equal marriage has on people.
“Without equal marriage here, a large section of our society feels like second class citizens and it’s essential that politicians act to ensure fairness and equality for all.
“Inequality is totally wrong and failure to deliver equal marriage institutionalises inequality. Politicians here must act on this issue to show that Northern Ireland is a place that is open, welcoming and is moving forward to a shared future for all. Northern Ireland must send out a positive message of fairness and respect globally, and to potentially soon be the only region of the UK that won’t have equal marriage does the exact opposite.”