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The History of Marriage Equality in IrelandA Social Revolution Begins$
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Sonja Tiernan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526145994

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526146007

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Afterword: Future directions

Afterword: Future directions

(p.131) Afterword: Future directions
The History of Marriage Equality in Ireland

Sonja Tiernan

Manchester University Press

The history of marriage equality in Ireland concludes with a note for the future regarding Northern Ireland. The law extending marriage to same-sex couples came into effect in England and Wales on 29 March 2014. On 29 April, a third attempt was made to pass a bill in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The vote lost by 51 against to 43 in favour. The opposition once again was predominantly from by unionist parties including the Democratic Unionist Party, Ulster Unionist Party and Traditional Unionist Voice, with all nationalist MLAs voting in support of marriage equality. This afterword provides an assessment of the current situation.

Keywords:   Civil ceremonies, Members of the Legislative Assembly, Stormont, Westminster

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