Marriage: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 20th February 2018.

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Photo of Conor McGinn Conor McGinn Labour, St Helens North

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what her policy is on equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland; and if she will bring forward legislative proposals on that policy.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

In accordance with the Belfast Agreement, this is a devolved matter which should be addressed in the NI Assembly; but the power of the Westminster Parliament to legislate remains unaffected. If this issue were to be raised in Westminster, the Government’s policy is to allow a free vote on matters of conscience such as equal marriage.

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