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30 April 2014

Press release

Evangelical Christians urge NI Assembly to reject third ‘equal marriage’ motion

The Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland is calling on the Northern Ireland Assembly to affirm the unique relationship of marriage tomorrow and reject radical redefinition. 

The Alliance says the 'marriage equality' motion, being brought a year to the day after the last such motion was defeated, has nothing to do with real equality and would undermine marriage and the family as the fundamental building blocks of society.

Peter Lynas, national director for Northern Ireland, commented: "We represent many new, traditional and independent Churches and stand beside the institutional churches in calling on Stormont to reject this motion for a third time. It has nothing to do with human rights and equality. The European Convention on Human rights does not recognise same-sex 'marriage' as a human right and the European Court has consistently upheld the freedom of member states not to redefine marriage in this way. There is already legislation in place to ensure equality."

"The Evangelical Alliance, along with many others, stands for the progressive values of life and wellbeing for individuals, families, communities and society. We stand for freedom tempered with responsibility, equality in the context of diversity and justice held in tension by mercy. 

"It is unfortunate that this issue, which has local cross-community support and unity between Protestant and Catholic churches, has become a political football and that some have sought to use this to portray Northern Ireland as backward and bigoted. Devolution enables Northern Ireland to do things differently, rather than find itself tied to other jurisdictions. This is a moment to use our freedom and exert our uniqueness."

Media Enquiries

David Smyth
Evangelical Alliance, Belfast
Tel: 028 90739079
Mobile: 07739 307656

Notes to Editors

The Evangelical Alliance
We are the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. We’re here to connect people for a shared mission, whether it’s celebrating the Bible, making a difference in our communities or lobbying the government for a better society. From Skye to Southampton, from Coleraine to Cardiff, we work across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. And we're not just uniting Christians within the UK – we are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians. For more information, go to www.eauk.org.