Support Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland!
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Support Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland!

    1. Gary Spedding
    2. Petition by

      Gary Spedding

      Belfast, United Kingdom

In a democratic society, everyone should be equal before the law. We call on the government to repeal the Marriage Order (2003) which states there are legal impediments to same-sex civil marriages. In addition we further request request that the Northern Ireland legislative Assembly open up civil marriages in register offices and other licensed premises to all couples, gay and heterosexual, regardless of gender or sexual orientation and without any discrimination.

We want our government to understand that equality before the law is a basic human right and that the LGBT community should not have to jump through hoops simply to have the right for expressions of love through marriage to be recognised as equal to that of heterosexual couples.

Marriage is about love, commitment, friendship and a lasting relationship between two people. Our government should not have a legal clause that denies civil marriage to couples who are in loving committed relationships just because both parties are of the same gender. Such inequality before the law has set Northern Ireland into a discourse that damages entire sectors of our society.

We the undersigned request our government legislate for all of the above as requested and also recognise that Equality in any society helps protect minorities.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it takes." ~Clare Boothe Luce

      I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, "Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice," The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982

      Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. ~Andrea Dworkin

      The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl." ~Shirley Chisholm

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    • Chad Brown NEWTOWNARDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Because in 21st century Northern Ireland I should be able to marry the person I am in love with and it angers me that these ministers can say no.

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    • Mark Hamilton BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Maybe when we legalize love we will lose some of the hate here.

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    • Steven Honeyford CASTLEWELLAN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Why is this important?

      Because at the core of me there is this amazing feeling, something I want to share with the man I love. and I do.

      I want to if possible, marry this man, to share in his life, in all aspects of it. As is enjoyed by the currently privileged heterosexual couples.

      What makes me different? Can I not be recognized as a human being, capable of love and a committed relationship, like any other person?

      There is no legal basis for this discrimination, this denial of rights. This is the imposition of religious faith and doctrine upon myself and others like me in the guise of something else.

      This is segregation, based on prejudice and bigotry. Please repeal this, allow me to express my love in a way that is enjoyed by so many... I want to be equal.

      I do not want to be handed a placation (civil partnership) and told to "be happy, look we gave you this, now you don't need marriage, you're the same.. ". No! It is not the same in name, definition or legal scope.

      It is different and it is a show of how we are seen as different too. A constant reminder of the inequality, the segregation and the prejudice.

      It hurts me to have to feel like I am not worthy of the privilege of marriage, to feel second class.

      My dream is to simply say "I am getting married" and for those hearing it to know what that means.. for it to be just like any other marriage.

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    • Shannon Mcneill DERRY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Everyone deserves equality!

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