Two different conceptions of it are widely held in the UK, representative and direct. In 2019, they collide.
Posts Tagged: gay marriage
David Shiels: Technological solutions. A greater role for the Assembly. How May could yet win over the DUP.
Rather than going over the heads of the Unionist parties, the Government needs to find a way to address their concerns.
Interview: James Kirkup on trans. And how campaigners have exploited MPs’ fear of being accused of transphobia.
And he asks: why did the Women and Equalities Select Committee choose an adviser open to the charge of being parti pris?
Iain Mansfield: To bring greater fairness to families, free childcare should be linked to the transferable tax allowance
In the second instalment of our mini-series on families and tax, the author says that trading off the two would give parents, straight or gay, greater choice and control.
We need to tackle homophobia where it persists in the community – starting with the use of the word ‘gay’ as an insult.
Also: Three Plaid AMs call for leadership challenge against Wood; Foster breaks new ground at LGBT event; and Sargeant inquiry may not report until Jones steps down.
Tatchell defends anti-abortion protests – and tells how he got Cameron and Johnson to support same-sex marriage
The veteran LGBT campaigner says the former Prime Minister’s aides “were terrified I might try and kiss him, or superglue myself to the Cabinet table”.
It looks to be the least bad medium-term means of settling the future of abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
David Shiels: An Ulster by-election this week – and why abstention is a greater challenge to the Union than Brexit
It knows that it can continue the policy of staying out of the institutions in Belfast and London without damaging its long-term strategy. Unionists need them to work.
It has fascinated me since growing up in a single parent family on the outskirts of Belfast – before attending the lowest-performing secondary school in Northern Ireland.
We feel a commission, a working group, an inquiry coming in – to look these inconsistencies, accidents of history and quirks, to see if some tidying-up is required.
By accepting that 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland could vote on their future during the Scottish referendum, we undermined the case for not extending the franchise further.
Also: Sargeant’s son to contest his seat at Welsh by-election; and Labour may use direct rule to align Northern Irieland with the mainland on abortion and gay marriage.
Those who voted against same-sex marriage were more likely to support Leadsom than those who voted for the legislation, whilst the opposite was true for Gove.
Ulster citizens deserve the same marriage rights as their fellow Britons. But a recent bid to secure them through the courts was wrong.