Sinn Féin spokesperson for LGBTQI rights Senator Fintan Warfield, in reaction to the dismissal of the ‘Equal Marriage Petition’ in the Belfast High Court today, has said the decision is a ‘disappointment’ but the vibrant and growing campaign for Civil Marriage Equality will continue regardless.

Senator Warfield said:

“It is unfortunate that the case was not successful today but I am certain that the campaign for Marriage Equality will remain as focused, vibrant, and energetic as ever.

“The position of the DUP with regards marriage equality remains completely untenable. The abuse of the petition of concern has gone on for too long and Sinn Féin will continue to be a vocal advocate for Marriage Equality and will stand with the LGBTQI community for an equality and rights-based society.

“I also want to pay tribute to those who took the case; Shannon Sickles and Grainne Close, Christopher and Henry Flanagan-Kane, and the couple known as Petition X.

“Sinn Féin commends their bravery.”