• STV
  • MySTV

Ruth Davidson to speak at Belfast pride celebrations

The Scottish Conservative leader will give the Amnesty Pride lecture on Tuesday.

Pride: Ruth Davidson with partner Jen Wilson (file pic).
Pride: Ruth Davidson with partner Jen Wilson (file pic). PA

Ruth Davidson will give a"positive message" about gay marriage during a speech in Belfast.

The Scottish Conservative leader said she is "honoured" to have been invited to give the Amnesty Pride lecture in Northern Ireland, the only part of the British Isles where same-sex marriage is not allowed.

Ms Davidson, who recently became engaged to her partner Jen Wilson, will discuss the issue when she gives the lecture during Belfast's Pride celebrations on Tuesday.

"As a practising Christian, a protestant and a unionist who is engaged to a Catholic Irishwoman, for me, equal marriage isn't about one religion, country or community," she said.

"It is about people in Northern Ireland being afforded the same rights as everybody else.

"Scotland is a better place today because of equal marriage and I want to take that positive message from our experiences here to Belfast and beyond."

Mural: The Conservative leader posed for pictures beside a mural of a lesbian couple kissing.
Mural: The Conservative leader posed for pictures beside a mural of a lesbian couple kissing. PA

Ahead of her speech, Davidson visited a mural entitled 'Love Wins' which depicts a lesbian couple kissing.

The couple in the mural are two local women who wed in the United States because Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK or Ireland where same-sex marriage remains outlawed. 

Davidson also visited an LGBT support centre nearby and met activists, even supping from a can of Irn Bru.

Last year, Ms Davidson was involved in the successful campaign for equal marriage to be introduced in the Republic of Ireland.

However, Northern Ireland's devolved Stormont Assembly has repeatedly refused to legislate on the contentious issue.

Although a slim majority of members voted in favour of lifting the ban when it was debated for a fifth time last November, the proposal fell when the Democratic Unionist Party deployed a controversial voting mechanism to effectively veto it.

Those opposed to gay marriage argue that same-sex couples already have the ability to enter into civil partnerships and claim there is no appetite for further change.

The matter is also being contested through the courts where two same-sex couples have challenged the current law under human rights legislation.

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.