House of Commons votes in favour of extending gay marriage to Northern Ireland

House of Commons votes in favour of extending gay marriage to Northern Ireland
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Posted on 10 Jul 2019

The House of Commons has voted 383-73 in favour of a clause tabled by Labour MP Conor McGinn to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland.


The clause, which will require secondary legislation, will only come into effect if, by 21 October, power-sharing talks have failed to restore devolution. If devolution is restored by that date, the amendment will become void.

The vote saw only one cabinet minister, former Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire, fail to support the clause.


After the vote, Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Women & Equalities, tweeted: “Proud to have supported this amendment, which passed with a majority of 310.

“Every citizen of the UK should be able to marry who they love.


“The fact that people in Northern Ireland have been unable to has torn at the social fabric of our country.”

In last night’s TV debate between prime ministerial candidates Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, when asked whether they supported the clause, Hunt confirmed that he did while Johnson said that it was a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly.


Neither man had joined their colleagues in voting on the clause earlier in the day.

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