Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly speaking ahead of bringing a motion to Derry City and Strabane District Council calling for marriage equality in the North .His call comes after the referendum success in the South a number of weeks ago.
“Sinn Féin believes that all citizens are entitled to full equality before the law, regardless of their background, including sexual orientation or gender. Nothing less can be tolerated in a modern, progressive and inclusive society. I have tabled a motion for this coming Thursday at the monthly Derry and Strabane Council meeting calling for support of marriage equality” Cllr Colly Kelly said
Ahead of the meeting we are asking people to gather for a short sort vigil outside the Guildhall at 3.30pm on Thursday in solidarity of marriage equality.
The recent campaign in the 26 Counties energised and engaged a whole new generation of young people in the democratic process. This result shows when people fully participate in the political process that change is not only possible but inevitable.
“Sinn Féin played a very positive and active role in the Yes campaign. We took our message of equality to the doors, put up posters and engaged in a very active social media campaign.
“The fact so many of our people returned home to vote in this campaign highlighted yet again the need to tackle the issue of voting rights for the diaspora and for Irish citizens in the North.
“The marriage equality rights that will be enjoyed by Irish citizens in the south must be shared by citizens in the north.