Imagine being refused housing because of who you are. Or told you’re too gay to stay in a hotel. Or turned away from a restaurant on a date.
That’s what Northern Ireland would look like if the powerful Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) were to get their way. They want to add an anti-gay clause to equality laws that would allow businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, and bi people.
Now All Out members have a chance to help. The DUP has asked for feedback on their anti-gay amendment by February 27. A huge outcry will show that refusing service to gay people isn’t OK. Not in Northern Ireland, not anywhere.
The consultation closes in 5 days – can you help? go.allout.org/en/a/northern-ireland
Pro-equality politicians from Sinn Fein and other parties have teamed up to stop the anti-gay amendment. But it will still go to a vote. A huge response to the DUP’s call for feedback could push more Assembly Members to vote for equality. And it’ll put off anti-gay parties – from Northern Ireland and beyond – from proposing anymore anti-gay legislation.
The clause states that businesses could refuse service where someone feels they are required to “endorse a same-sex sexual relationship in violation of his/her faith identity.” This means that a gay couple could be refused the rental of a house or be kicked out of a restaurant, just for being in love.
The deadline is February 27 – sign now: go.allout.org/en/a/northern-ireland
Last month 166,551 of us signed All Out’s petition against the anti-gay bill in Virginia. This law would have allowed doctors, teachers, and all companies to deny service to gay, lesbian, and bi people because of “religious and moral convictions”. Our partners in Virginia delivered all our signatures straight to the head of the voting committee – and they heard us. The subcommittee voted against the bill unanimously, so it will never see the light of day.
When we stand together for equality we win – will you push back against another scary anti-gay law? go.allout.org/en/a/northern-ireland