Northern Ireland’s democratic failure

The sad reality in Northern Ireland that hinders the progress towards marriage equality.

The Queerness

The DUP has blocked a majority vote in favour of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. How are power sharing measures hindering democracy and progress? Danni Glover investigates.


It’s been another red letter day in Northern Irish politics. This week, we’re all arguing over same-sex marriage and the various ways it could damage a community which still employs a massive wall so that Catholics and Protestants don’t have to see each other. There is good and bad news to report. The good news is that for the first time, our representatives at Stormont have voted (very narrowly) in favour of reforming marriage law in Northern Ireland to include same-sex couples. The bad news is that the DUP, the party that gives a bad name to the word “party”, has entered a Petition of Concern to block the vote from becoming law. This is something they’re legally allowed to do due to…

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