Saturday, April 30, 2016

Protest march for marriage equality held in Northern Ireland

Hundreds of people have marched in Belfast to push for marriage equality in Northern Ireland. 

The Love Equality campaign was created by a number of LGBT organisations, as well as trade unions and student unions, and Amnesty International. Organizers aim to ensure the law is change to allow equal marriage within the Northern Irish Assembly’s five year term.

John O’Doherty of the Rainbow Project said: "Ever since the Yes vote in the Republic of Ireland, marriage equality has become a big political issue for many voters in Northern Ireland".

Last summer 20,000 people marched through Belfast demanding marriage equality, one of the biggest political demonstrations Northern Ireland has seen in years. 

Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the UK where same-sex couples cannot marry. 

It's time Northern Ireland!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Missouri rejects anti-LGBT religious freedom bill

Missouri won’t be enacting a so-called ‘religious freedom’ law.

Senate Joint Resolution 39, which sought to make it legal for clergy and wedding vendors to decline to participate in a same-sex wedding, was voted down by the House Emerging Issues Committee.

If the bill had passed both houses of the Missouri legislature, it would have been put on the ballot for voters to decide on.

"I am deeply disappointed that Missourians will not have the opportunity to vote on protecting religious freedom", Senator Bob Onder, who sponsored the proposal, said in a statement.

But House Minority Leader Jacob Hummel applauded the House committee. "The ultimate issue here is whether our state constitution protects all Missourians or grants special rights to some to detriment of others", he stated.

No step backward!