Today, The Rainbow Project, Northern Ireland’s largest support organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people and their families welcomed the ‘Yes’ vote in the Republic’s marriage equality referendum.

Speaking on the result, John O’Doherty, Director of The Rainbow Project said: ‘We are all simply elated at this stunning, landslide victory for our sisters and brothers in the Republic. They have brought Ireland on a journey of acceptance and they have done so with grace, compassion and good humour.

‘The Rainbow Project extend our heartfelt congratulations to our partners and friends in Yes Equality, GLEN, Belong To, Amnesty International and all of the groups and individuals who have worked tirelessly to secure this important victory.

‘To the people of Ireland, we offer our thanks. You have done what no other country in the world has done. You have chosen, as a nation, to extend marriage rights to your LGBT family, friends and neighbours and this will go down in history as another example of the decency and fairness of the Irish people.

‘However, for us, this sweet victory is tinged with sadness. Northern Ireland is now the only region in western Europe where marriage equality is not a reality. This is a shameful injustice which cannot be allowed to continue.

‘To highlight this injustice, The Rainbow Project and our partners in Amnesty International and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions have announced a march and rally for marriage equality to be held in Belfast on Saturday 13th June, assembling at Writers’ Square for 2.30pm.

‘We will continue our fight to ensure that Equality becomes a reality for all the peoples of these islands’


Notes to Editors:

On Friday 22nd May 2015, the Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.

The Belfast Rally for Marriage Equality will be held on Saturday 13th June, meeting at Writers’ Square at 2.30pm. Information regarding the Belfast rally for marriage equality please follow this link:

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