David Trimble reveals daughter is in same-sex-marriage

Andrew Cummings
July 13, 2019

Lawmakers in London overwhelmingly voted by 383 votes to 73 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, and 332 to 99 in favor of abortion reform.

The extension of these civil rights to Northern Ireland will be officially enacted if the Northern Irish Assembly is not restored by October 21, 2019, since there has been no official government formed due to an ideological divide between progressive Catholic republicans and conservative Protestant unionists. My vote against the amendments were against an attempt to override the will of Northern Ireland rather than the principle of abortion or gay marriage'.

Today (Wednesday) Mr Prisk said: "Yesterday's votes were about the Northern Ireland Executive Bill, where powers have been devolved to local people".

Following the two historic bills, Stella Creasy tweeted: "Thank you to everyone who today stood up for equality in Northern Ireland - whether for same sex marriage or abortion, today we have said everyone in the United Kingdom deserves to be treated as an equal". At present, anyone found guilty of illegal abortion in Northern Ireland faces life in prison.

Because of a 2017 political dispute, Northern Ireland does not now have a parliament, and pro-abortion activists in the British government seized the opportunity to advance their agenda.

Campbell notes that the people of Northern Ireland have no desire to be legislated by MPs in Westminster, citing a 2018 ComRes poll in which 64 percent of those surveyed said any changes to abortion legislation should be a matter for the people of Northern Ireland and their elected representatives to decide. Bill is subject to a future executive who could potentially overturn or amend the law.

Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International's Northern Ireland Campaign Manager, called it a "significant defining moment for women's rights in Northern Ireland", and called on the government to implement the recommendations of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) who said past year that Northern Ireland's effective ban on abortion "constitutes violence against women". "At a time when prosecutions are still a grim reality, this can not happen quickly enough", Teggart said.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds voiced similar concerns, and accused the British MPs of violating the devolution settlement.

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