10 July 2012
Cork City Council unanimously supports Sinn Féin motion for marriage equality
'Now it’s time for the Government to make gay marriage legal and bring in the relevant legislation' – Cllr Chris O'Leary, Sinn Féin
CORK CITY COUNCIL has unanimously endorsed a Sinn Féin motion supporting marriage equality. Monday night's vote follows a similar motion by Sinn Féin being passed by Belfast City Council last week.
The Cork City motion – proposed by Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Nugent – was passed without debate and with all political parties supporting the Sinn Féin initiative.
Sinn Féin Councillor Chris O’Leary said the unanimity “sends out the right message to people in same-sex relationships that are in love and want that to be recognised through marriage”.
“Now it’s time for the Government to make gay marriage legal and bring in the relevant legislation. They have talked about it but hopefully this vote in Cork and in Belfast will lead other local authorities to do the same thing and it will gain momentum across the country.
“It’s about recognising diversity. People in long-term same-sex relationships feel they don’t have anything other than a civil partnership and they should have the right to marry.”
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