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Global Greens LGBT+ Network responds to Northern Irish election. The Northern Irish election results contain some hope and some disappointment.
It is disappointing that despite eight openly LGBT+ candidates standing – including four for the Green Party in Northern Ireland (GPNI) – none were elected, making the Northern Irish Assembly the only parliament in the British isles with no openly LGBT+ members. On a more positive note, the ruling conservative party’s loss of seats now prevents it from unilaterally using the petition of concern mechanism, which the party had used to block the introduction of marriage equality in Northern Ireland.
The new Executive must commit to not combining with other parties to use the petition of concern to prevent equal marriage laws, which already exist in England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. We congratulate the GPNI on their strong results, returning two sitting members in a reduced Assembly and coming close to another seat.
Both of us stayed #awakeforbailey, alongside many Greens worldwide, to see Clare Bailey returned to parliament in the late night count for her seat. We look forward to welcoming GPNI members and supporters to the Global Greens Congress later this month and congratulate them on their strong campaign.
Aimee Challenor and Sean Mulcahy,
Interim Coordinators, Global Greens LGBT+ Network