Starting gun to a referendum or a ticking time-bomb? This article introduces some of the issues for debate in Northern Ireland ahead of a referendum. Discussions of the broader aspects of European integration in the Northern Ireland Assembly have been minimal and, more often than not, limited to the issue of EU funding. The starting gun in the referendum has been fired and it is now time for real discussion to commence.
A huge majority of pro-unionist Protestants support same-sex marriage. The research concludes there is a much broader divide between generations, with the most liberal sections of Northern Irish society not voting in local elections.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where gay couples cannot marry due to the continued vetoing of legislation by the DUP in the Stormont assembly. He said one of the major paradoxes of the survey was the disjunction between support to remain within the UK and indifference towards unionist political parties in the assembly.
For a lot of unionists, especially younger ones However, a large section of the 18 to 40 Protestant electorate appears at the very least to be indifferent to politics at Stormont, especially on the unionist side.
As a gay man, Davy Rea feels has no choice among pro-unionist parties. The year-old, from Glengormley in north Belfast, would put his X firmly on the ballot paper in favour of staying with Britain rather than a united Ireland.
Yet over the last few years in a plethora of elections to the Stormont assembly, local councils and even Westminster, Rae has been at times reluctant to visit his local polling station. Because he is pro-union but also gay. Rea, who works for a technology company, says he has no one to vote for among the mainstream unionist political parties — especially those who constantly torpedo attempts to bring marriage equality to Northern Ireland.
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