Simply just print out the attached speech bubble or draw your own and tell us ‘what is on your conscience’. Whether it is a story or message to inspire others or simply just a limerick we want to hear your thoughts. For some inspiration check out Game of Thrones Kristian Nairns response! You can check out more by searching #noconscienceclause
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On Saturday 31 January The Rainbow Project organised a protests across three Northern Ireland cities against the proposed Conscience Clause. The protest in Belfast was attended by over a thousand people and hundreds attended in Newry and Foyle. A number of politicians, including Naomi Long of Alliance, Gerry Kelly of Sinn Féin and Alex Attwood of the SDLP spoke at the protest.
Check out the links below for media coverage of the protests.
Northern Ireland gay activists fight bill which could allow gay discrimination
Northern Ireland: Hundreds rally against DUP bill that would permit anti-gay discrimination
Rallies against conscience clause bill
LGBT activists take to Northern Ireland streets over ‘conscience clause’
Conscience bill sparks protests across Province
In December 2014 Paul Givan MLA launched a consultation for his proposed ‘Conscience Clause’. If introduced this would allow businesses to refuse service to same couples, based only on religious belief against what is referred to as promoting same sex relationships. This would mean that a restaurant or B&B could refuse service to a same sex couple or a landlord could refuse a tenancy to a same sex couple and their family.
John O’Doherty Director of The Rainbow Project said “We are saddened to see that, when the Northern Ireland Executive should be focussing on publishing its long overdue sexual orientation strategy, members are trying to find new ways to discriminate against LGB people. The fact that this proposed legislation will only be used to discriminate against LGB people shows that it is not motivated by a desire to protect those of religious belief but by a hostility to LGB people and their hard-won rights. This is just updating ‘No dogs, No blacks, No Irish’ to include ‘No gays.”
Mr Givan clearly has not considered the implications of his license to discriminate legislation. Ensuring LGB people can access goods and services without discrimination is good for business, good for the economy and good for Northern Ireland’s reputation with investors. The Rainbow Project will strenuously oppose this proposed license to discriminate and we call on business, civic and religious leaders to stand with us against this unnecessary and irrational form of discrimination.”
Let us know whats on your conscience. Tag us in your images on facebook and twitter, nominate your friends and spread the word. Continue to support our work by making a small donation so we can continue to fight for full equality in Northern Ireland. Together we can send a clear message that we will not accept discrimination against our partners, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and friends.
To read The Rainbow Projects response to the Conscience Clause click here
We encourage everyone to get in touch with their local councillors and MLAs to come out against the conscience clause bill introduced by Paul Givan. We have attached a template here. Please use this to form your own response and send them to your local representative.