Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Northern Ireland rejects same sex marriage for the third time in 18 months

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.

I have previously catalogued on this blog the reasons I opposed the legalisation of same sex marriage and have published 24 blog-posts on all aspects of the debate. My personal oppositions remains unchanged.


  1. Say Doc

    Looks like all those who wrote to their MLAs believe in God, family and country: and in that order!

    Wow! What a reward awaits them! They know this short life span is temporary!

    Got to hand it to you Judaeo-Christians - your God is mighty.

    1. What makes you think god exists? What makes you think heaven exists? What makes you think you'll admitted to heaven?

      If the god of the bible exists, everyone is going to hell. God lied in Genesis 2 and never let up.

    2. You are an automated post.

    3. Oh Winston!

      “A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.”
      ― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

    4. I'd have to agree with Lewis. You can neither diminish nor aggrandise the glory of e being that does not exist.

    5. Does that include you Winnie?

      If I start from observation alone, regarding your posts, how do I really know that it is not a faulty computer that is generating them randomly?

      I could rationally conclude that Winnie does not exist but the mere generating of posts may point to some sort of machine.

      Now tell us, what do you mean by 'exist'?

  2. Winnie - there are three 'beings' in the post: God, Winnie and the Sun - which do you mean?

  3. BTW Winnie - when you write 'you can neither prove nor disprove' could you advise which method of proof and standard of belief you employ?

    1. I've got empiricism and methodological naturalism on my side.

      You've got an ancient book about a god who lies from Chapter 2 and never lets up.

    2. Ah! Winnie! I see where you're lacking: epistemology!

      I thought there was a cog missing.

    3. When were you expelled for raping the teachers?

  4. Winston handing out truth bombs. Old PJ Saunders doesn't seem to realise that the parliamentary 'redefinition' of marriage is simply aligning semantics with modern, progressive thinking. Northern Ireland, being the most theocratic part of Britain, will obviously take a few years to catch up to civilisation. It makes me feel for homosexuals across the Irish Sea.

  5. Wakey! Wakey!

    'the parliamentary 'redefinition' of marriage is simply aligning semantics with modern, progressive thinking'.

    Ah, yes - I see.

    The beginning of a totalitarian state is to redefine the proper meaning of words. That is a lesson learnt by Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Pol Pot.

    Thank goodness Orwell taught us a great lesson:

    'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.'

    George Orwell, 1984

    1. This coming from someone who probably has less compassion than Al Qaeda.


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