Same-sex Marriage - Northern Ireland

I believe that marriage is one of the most important institutions we have. The principles of long term commitment and responsibility which underpin it bind society together and make it stronger. It was the view of the Government that the state should not deny someone the chance to get married because of their sexuality, which is why it passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act through Parliament.
 
Following the votes about same-sex marriage during the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, careful consideration must be given to both the policy detail and also the implementation. A clear message was made by the House, but we must ensure that we do not end up with defective laws, which would not serve the interests of the people of Northern Ireland.
 
I understand that the Government is actively considering how it can take this forward and ensure the amendments are workable. Restoring the Executive remains the Secretary of State's key priority and it is very positive news that a new phase of talks began in May.