MP to call for marriage equality at Belfast Pride

By agency reporter
August 2, 2018

Scottish Labour MP Ged Killen will deliver a keynote speech in Belfast on 2 August 2018 that will put pressure on the UK Government to extend marriage equality to Northern Ireland.

Since Northern Ireland has been without a devolved government for eighteen months now, the urgency for Westminster to intervene on issues of equality and human rights in Northern Ireland is increasing. 

Speaking at Amnesty International’s Belfast Pride lecture which is part of the city’s week-long Pride festival, Ged Killen MP will set out why he is taking a leading role in the campaign for equal marriage legislation in the House of Commons, and will call on Prime Minister Theresa May to intervene to ensure equality for the LGBTI+ community in Northern Ireland.

For Mr Killen – whose own marriage to a Northern Irish man will not be recognised when they touch down in Belfast - this is both a personal and political issue.

Ged Killen said: “When I take off from Glasgow Airport I am a married man, but when I step off the plane in Belfast my marriage will no longer be recognised under Northern Irish law.

“It can’t be right that people separated by a small amount of sea are treated so unequally. The law must change to make sure everyone – no matter where they live – has equal access to marriage.

“Backbench MPs and peers from across parties are leading a campaign to push Westminster to change the law. We need the government to live up to its responsibility to stand up for equality.”

In advance of the lecture on Thursday Morning, Ged Killen will meet members of the LGBTI+ community in Belfast and representatives from the main LGBTI+ organisations in Northern Ireland, including the Rainbow Project, Cara-Friend and HereNI.

Ged Kellen will deliver the keynote speech “Marriage equality: winning at Westminster" in the Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Queen’s University Belfast at 7:30pm, Thursday 2 August 2018.

* Amnesty International


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