‘Same-sex marriage coming to Northern Ireland’ says U.S lawmaker

Same-sex marriage is coming to Northern Ireland. That is the message which a pioneering New York legislator brought to Belfast on 9 October in a keynote speech to campaigners.

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Daniel J O’Donnell led the fight for same-sex marriage in New York, first introducing the Marriage Equality bill to the Assembly in 2007, then again – twice – in 2009, before the law finally passed both the Assembly and Senate in June 2011. Same-sex marriage was declared law across the United States on 26 June, 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled that State bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.

Daniel J O’Donnell said: “We came through the same battles for marriage equality in the United States which Northern Ireland now faces. And just as sure as we succeeded, I know the success of equality campaigners in Northern Ireland is inevitable.

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