THE UK HAS NOT LEGALISED SAME SEX MARRIAGE
The majority has, yes. In England, Scotland and Wales it is legal for two consenting adults to get married, regardless of their genders. But Northern Ireland still hasn’t legalised same sex marriage and saying “the whole of the UK has” means people forget that there is still a battle raging on here in Northern Ireland.
I know a lot of people still get confused and think we’re a part of Ireland so we do have same sex marriage, but we’re now separate countries and a part of the UK (which Ireland isn’t).
Peter Robinson, our first minister, has actually recently said that he would like to make being gay illegal again. That is how much trouble we’re in over here. Gay couples cannot adopt, gay men cannot give blood, our leading political party (the DUP) is openly homophobic, when campaigning for the last elections, our then health minister Jim Wells (a member of the DUP) told a lesbian couple (whose door he had knocked at to try to get their vote) that he “did not agree with their lifestyle”, a week after he said, and I quote, “You don’t bring a child up in a homosexual relationship. That a child is far more likely to be abused and neglected,“ during an actual political debate. He resigned later that month for "family reasons”.
The victories in the USA, Ireland, the rest of the UK, France and other places are wonderful and deserve to be celebrated, they are a triumph for love and human rights. But we must create international pressure, like there is currently for Australia, for Northern Ireland to legalise same sex marriage and drag itself out of the 1940s and into the 21st century. Love is a basic human right and that needs recognised.