House of Commons votes in favour of extending same-sex marriage and lifting of abortion ban in Northern Ireland

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MPs have voted to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland, a plan the government has said it will honour despite ministerial doubts.

The House of Commons voted 383 to 73 to pass the amendment to a largely technical bill on the stalled Northern Ireland assembly. The bill was tabled by the Labour MP Conor McGinn, a longstanding campaigner for equal marriage in Northern Ireland.

The second reading vote was a free vote for MPs, as it was viewed as a matter of conscience. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where same-sex marriage is not legal.

Before the vote the Northern Ireland minister, John Penrose, said the government would honour the result: “Should this pass it will go into law,” he said. “It will become part of primary legislation. And so ministers will be bound by it and the government will proceed.”

In another vote MPs have voted in favour of lifting the abortion ban in Northern Ireland. 

The Commons divided by 332 votes to 99 in favour of a motion that could lead to the law being changed later this year.

The motion passed by MPs says the government must lift the ban in the provice if a new executive at the Stormont assembly is not in place by October. 

Via The Guardian 

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