Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has called for cross party support for marriage equality ahead of a debate in the Assembly this week.
“Marriage equality threatens no one.
“It gives gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people equal rights under the law in relation to marriage.
“Sinn Féin is currently campaigning for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum in the South.
“Giving all couples equal marriage rights under the law does not threaten anyone’s beliefs, religious or otherwise.
“Churches are free to define marriage as they wish but the state has a duty to treat all citizens equally.
“The Assembly needs to send out a clear message to the LGB&T community that it will support their rights.
“This is an equality issue and Sinn Féin is calling on all the local parties to support our motion on marriage equality which will be debated in the Assembly this week