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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