Agenda item

Marriage Equality and Abortion

Minutes:

Councillor McCann Moved, Seconded by Councillor Harkin

That    Council notes the recent vote in Westminster to extend Marriage Equality and the decriminalisation of abortion to the North.

 

Council supports the right to marry for same-sex couples and opposes all forms of homophobia and transphobia.

 

Council supports the decriminalisation of abortion.

 

Council commends the decades of campaigning by the LGBT+ community and their allies for equality in Derry and Strabane and elsewhere.

 

Council commends the decades of campaigning by Pro-Choice activists and their allies for equality in Derry and Strabane and elsewhere. Council agrees that these campaigns have been key to making our society more progressive, more tolerant and more equal.

 

Alderman McCready stated that there were two separate, important issues within the Motion.  He suggested that Councillor McCann withdraw the motion and have them presented as two separate items at a future meeting of Council to have them debated properly.

 

After a request for a recorded vote on the motion by Alderman Kerrigan the result was as follows:

 

For – Councillors M Boyle, Burke, Donnelly, Duffy, Farrell, Fleming, Gallagher, Harkin, Jackson, Kelly, Logue, McCann, McHugh, McKinney, McLaughlin, Mellon and Reilly (17)

 

Against – Aldermen Devenney, Kerrigan, McClintock, McCready and Warke; Councillors J Boyle, Carr, Dobbins, McCloskey and McKeever (10)

 

Abstentions – Councillors J Barr, R Barr, Cusack, Durkan and Tierney (5).

 

The Motion was therefore carried and the Council

 

Resolved      That Council notes the recent vote in Westminster to extend Marriage Equality and the decriminalisation of abortion to the North.

 

Council supports the right to marry for same-sex couples and opposes all forms of homophobia and transphobia.

 

Council supports the decriminalisation of abortion.

 

Council commends the decades of campaigning by the LGBT+ community and their allies for equality in Derry and Strabane and elsewhere.

 

Council commends the decades of campaigning by Pro-Choice activists and their allies for equality in Derry and Strabane and elsewhere. Council agrees that these campaigns have been key to making our society more progressive, more tolerant and more equal.

                       

                        Councillor Dobbins left the meeting at this point.