A motion supporting marriage equality in the North of Ireland has been passed by Derry City and Strabane District Council.
The motion was put before the council by Sinn Fein councillor, Colly Kelly, on Wednesday evening.
The motion was passed with 28 votes in favour, eight not in favour and one abstention.
The DUP voted against the motion as did UUP Councillor Derek Hussey.
All Sinn Fein, SDLP and Independent councillors voted in favour of the motion.
UUP Councillor, Mary Hamilton, abstained.
Unlike the South of Ireland, same sex marriage is not recognised in the same way traditional marriage between a man and a woman is in the North. The North is the only part of the UK where there is no gay marriage equality.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ moments before delivering the motion in front of council, Colr. Kelly explained why he thought standing up for marriage equality was important.
“Marriage equality is the big topic at the moment right across the island of Ireland,” said Colr. Kelly.
“As everyone knows, marriage equality, was passed overwhelmingly in the south. Sinn Fein has brought motions right across the council areas, most recently in Belfast so I think it’s poignant that we bring it before Derry City and Strabane District Council.
“This is a civil rights issue and Derry is renowned for its civil rights right across the world. You can see the number of people who come out here today so that’s why I think it is important for people to support marriage equality.”
This is a civil rights issue and Derry is renowned for its civil rights right across the worldColly Kelly - Sinn Fein councillor for Derry and Strabane