Malachai O'Hara

Green Party members march for Marriage Equality

Saturday 01 July 2017

Green Party North Belfast representative and equality campaigner Malachai O’Hara has renewed the party’s call for progress on marriage equality during the March for Equal Civil Marriage today.

The March for Civil Marriage Equality is organised by Love Equality NI, the campaign group made up of LGBTQ Sector organisations, Trade Unions, the Student Movement and Amnesty International.

Malachai O’Hara said: “The Green Party brought the first ever LGBTQ motion to the Assembly – that was an Equal Marriage motion back in 2012.

“Since then we had a series of false dawns for the LGBTQ community with the DUP frustrating the will of the majority of people within Northern Ireland by abusing the petition of concern on five occasions. Other political parties have also repeatedly failed to follow their own policy on this issue, despite calling themselves progressive. The Green Party is the only party with a 100% record of votes in favour of Marriage Equality.

“This entire issue concerns love and the freedom to express this love. It’s about couples wanting to show their commitment and to be afforded the same rights and responsibilities as their heterosexual brothers and sisters. We will keep campaigning alongside others until it is achieved.”

Malachai O’Hara concluded:

“The March for Civil Marriage Equality is about equality, love and commitment. Come and support your LGBTQ friends and family by attending the march on Saturday, assembling from 2:30pm at Writer’s Square Belfast.”

ENDS

Sinead McIvor

07701 302 498

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