Cartoon – Fighting the marriage equality tidal wave

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Marriage equality cartoon, DUP, Brian John Spencer

 

Earlier, David McCann laid out the conservative case for marriage equality. Fellow conservative Andrew Sullivan has written for a number of years on the question and recently called the current situation “The Marriage Equality End Game” and spoke of “The Tidal Wave For Marriage Equality“. Looks like we’ll have to wait a while longer. Andrew Sullivan also recently shared a quaint anecdote from his visit to Belfast in 1995, have a read. Enjoy the cartoon.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/northdownvoice NorthDownVoice

    I hope @basilmccrea & @JohnMcCallister NI21 will deliver 4same sex people 2day & not B impotent as B4, they need 2 convince DUP 2 do right.

    A petition of concern is not a block to a vote passing the legislation, using it as an explanation why this legislation will not pass today is an excuse, not the reason.

    A petition of concern requires that the case be made that sways all the doubters. I have sent a message to my MLA who happens to be DUP asking him if he cannot vote yes, then to abstain. As the Honourable thing to do.

    the motion will only pass if supported by a weighted majority (60%) of members voting, including at least 40% of each of the nationalist and unionist designations present and voting. A petition of concern is not a block.

    It would be nice to see NI21 deliver something in their 1st year instead of just talk from the 2 MLA’s, People pay more attention to what Jim Allister the voice of one says.

    If Basil McCrea is as good as he thinks he is, then he will deliver for same sex couples. Same for John McCallister, Basil complains the Assembly does nothing, lets see NI21 do something today. or else they are just like all the other parties and no amount of shiny colorful leaflets is going to sway peoples opinion. mine anyway

    Time for NI21 to walk the walk guys, the electorate of Northern Ireland will be voting in a few weeks, Will they see today NI21 as being the Party for the future that will get things done, or will they see impotence,

    For if they see impotence by the MLA’s today, how can they expect anything more from inexperienced council or European candidates in the coming years?

    A petition of concern is not a block to a vote passing the legislation

  • Granni Trixie

    Have I missed something? Surely NI21 2 MLAs will do the right thing?

    Loved the cartoon above. Btw.

  • Scáth Shéamais

    the motion will only pass if supported by a weighted majority (60%) of members voting, including at least 40% of each of the nationalist and unionist designations present and voting. A petition of concern is not a block.

    The DUP has 69% of the unionist seats in the Assembly so there’s not much chance of the bill getting a weighted majority on that side.

    Even if Alliance were to redesignate as unionist, which they’ve done before of course, the DUP would still have 60.3% of unionist seats.

    And that’s not getting into the detail of what way the other unionists are going to vote.

  • Newman

    No doubt Sinn Fein will be decrying petitions of concern except when it does not suit their agenda as with Alban Maginess motion in relation to the Marie Stopes clinic.I heard none of the usual suspects complaining then.The rationale appears to be that using a petition of concern is only valid if it can be used in favour of objecting to something I disagree with. Let’s cut through the hypocrisy here please.

  • Granni Trixie

    Point of information: some years ago after that re designation decision (with which they were uncomfortable anyway) Alliance Made it a policy not to re designate. To overturn this would have required a special Alliance Council meeting to be called but I doubt such a change would find support or be passed as new policy.

  • Mirrorballman

    Could a case be brought before the ECHR if the assembly blocks this again?

  • Jagdip

    The TUV has just issued a press statement which concludes

    “TUV is a party committed to traditional family values and will continue to resist attempts by the homosexual lobby to introduce the oxymoron which is sex marriage to Northern Ireland”
    http://tuv.org.uk/same-sex-marriage-isnt-an-equality-issue/

    There may be a missing “same” before “sex” but then again, there is the expression “No sex please, we’re British” so who knows?!

  • GoldenFleece

    I am confused about John McCallister’s positions on this.

    When he was running for the leadership of UUP he was against equal marriage.

    I know this because I asked him.

    Why the change of tune? Not that I don’t support the change, just curious.