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18:13 | 23rd March 2017

News: UK

Mon 26 Jul, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Despite such victories, sadly there is still prejudice against the gay community – including among those active in public life in Northern Ireland

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Speaking ahead of Amnesty International Belfast Pride lecture on Monday, Irish Senator David Norris has revealed that believes both Northern and Southern Ireland are well on their way to achieving gay equality.

Norris, the first openly gay person to be elected into the public office in Ireland, has said that the Nation is ‘nearly there’ on achieving equality.

According to Amnesty International he said: “The recent passage of the Civil Partnership Bill by the Oireachtas in Dublin represents a very significant advance.



“It was a victory, not for gay people, but rather a victory for decency and for this country as a whole.
 
“It is clear that we are very nearly there in terms of the accomplishment of full human and civil rights of gay people in Ireland, both north and south. But we are not there yet.



“Despite such victories, sadly there is still prejudice against the gay community – including among those active in public life in Northern Ireland.

We must continue to work to ensure human rights for all people and to educate others that equality is a right not a threat.



“It is crucial that we do not shed our concerns for others throughout the world who live in less favourable circumstances and whose sexual orientation places them every day in danger of being murdered, either by members of the public or by their governments.”

 

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