The U.K. Parliament’s House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly to approve legalizing gay marriage in Northern Ireland.
In a historic decision, the House of Commons voted 383-73 in favor of an amendment introduced by Member of Parliament (MP) Conor McGinn officially instating LGBTQ marriage in Northern Ireland, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
According to the Hill:
Northern Ireland’s government is “devolved,” meaning it is able to legislate independently from the British Parliament on some issues. However, the government body collapsed in 2017 and has not been able to reform with a ruling party due to disagreements between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party, according to the Independent.
Gay marriages will be legal in Northern Ireland after October 21 unless its devolved government reforms before then and holds a vote on the issue.
MPs and others were quick to celebrate the historic vote on social media.
WE DID IT !!!!!
The House of Commons has voted by a massive majority to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland if the Stormont Executive isn’t restored by 21st October.
Thank you to @Love_EqualityNI & the thousands of people who have campaigned for equal marriage. pic.twitter.com/TDalAw1VIg
— Conor McGinn (@ConorMcGinn) July 9, 2019
We did it!! Huge thanks to @ConorMcGinn Lord Hayward and all MPs who voted in support of the bill. LGBT people in NI will be waking up a little more equal tomorrow #LoveWins
— Love Equality NI (@Love_EqualityNI) July 9, 2019
Thank you to everyone who today stood up for equality in Northern Ireland – whether for same sex marriage or abortion, today we have said everyone in the UK deserves to be treated as an equal. There’s a road to go yet but today a big step forward #TheNorthISNext #LoveEquality
— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) July 9, 2019