Sir Ian McKellen has joined the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, he has warned that Northern Ireland should not “be the victims” of misleading arguments against same-sex marriage. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK or Ireland that still does not allow same-sex couples to get married, because the Democratic Unionist Party continuously blocks it.
Yesterday, a majority of the Northern Irish Assembly voted in favour of equal marriage, but again the DUP blocked it under powers handed down via the peace process.
Sir Ian McKellen says on the issue “As a gay Englishman, whose ancestors hail from County Antrim, I am concerned that the Northern Ireland Assembly should establish full legal equality for LGBT residents in Northern Ireland.
“Northern Irish people should not be the victims at home of specious arguments in favour of inequality. They should not have to travel to Britain nor to the Republic, to be treated equally.
“Just as coming out as a gay person, changes one’s life entirely for the better, coming out as a country, in favour of equality, will bring credit to the entire citizenry, regardless of their sexuality or gender.”
Speaking prior to the vote, he said: “I hope the vote will give us all a chance to celebrate the unity of civil rights already enjoyed by LGBT people in adjacent countries.”
As Ireland are just about to celebrate the first same sex weddings and equality, it is absolutely outrageous that this is happening and that the DUP has the power to impose inequality to the LGBT community