Yesterday the Northern Ireland Assembly rejected a motion calling for the introduction of legislation to introduce same-sex marriage by 51 votes to 43.
This is the third time in the last 18 months that the Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected a motion seeking to introduce same-sex marriage. Last year, MLAs rejected gay marriage by 53 votes to 42, and in 2012 the plans were voted down 50 to 45.
I support Care NI and others in its welcome to the Assembly’s rejection of calls to redefine marriage in the province and like them will continue to work to uphold the traditional definition of marriage in the months and years to come.
My heartfelt thanks goes to all in Northern Ireland who wrote to their MLAs on this issue and all of those who prayed for the current definition of marriage to be maintained.
You can read more about the vote here and here. Amnesty International has apparently warned that a legal challenge is likely. Same Sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales last year.