A bit of farce never hurt any one… #equalmarriageni campaign gets going

 

Wednesday 5 September 2012 will go down in the history books as the night that the Equal Marriage NI campaign finally was set into real motion. For tonight—or rather last night as I’m typing this after midnight—the elections to the Committee were held.

As with all election in Northern Ireland there were elements of drama, questions, proposals, and a little bit of farce. But we got there. We have a committee. Let’s all support them as they started creating the strategy to make Equal Marriage in Northern Ireland a reality.

First of all, a big thank you has to go to the Returning Officer, Simon Rea, and his two assistants Gerry Lynch and Pam Tilson. They had over seventy sets of ballot papers to issue and then count. They did sterling work—without them, it couldn’t have been done as easily and efficiently.

Returning Officer’s Assistant, Gerry Lynch hands out the pack on entry.

On entry we all gave our names and in return were given a slip of paper which acted as our ID when we went to collect ballot papers later in the evening. For those reading from outside Northern Ireland, when we vote in public elections we have to show ID to be given our ballot papers – so this felt reasonably normal. Of course it was a simple way of keeping track of who was entitled to vote. There were also some pens available from a local LGBT organisation.

That sorted out, with many of us getting a drink from the bar — a Pepsi in my case. We got down to business.

First off, we had a debate about the usage of RON (Re-open Nomination). I proposed an amendment to the process that was being suggested, but there be no seconder, RON did not become a candidate – merely an option instead of any candidate.

The next proposal was that candidates who were present should be able to answer questions. There was a vote on this and it was overwhelmingly in favour. This vote was carried out by raising our credential slips and counted by two tellers. This passed, and we got going.

Many questions were asked of various candidates but I’m not going to list the answers here. It’s more important that we focus on the future than the past and let the committee gel in its work.

However, some highlights from this evening were:

one election’s ballot papers being both on Red and Green – when they had to be different colours to facilitate separation from the ballot bucket. Additional ballot papers for those with Red papers had to be printed… so the candidate in another election dashed off to Belfast’s LGBT Centre to do so.

Two colours of ballot paper? that’s gotta be confusing… Pobody’s nerfect!

To assist the RO and the ROAs we voted in no more than three elections at once. This assisted with the sorting and counting of the votes. When counted, we got on to the results which were announced by Simon Rea.

Chairman

Candidate Votes
John O’Doherty 70 Elected

There were 4 votes cast for RON.

Vice Chairman

Candidate Votes Total votes = 73 Quota = 25
Stage 1 Stage 2
Mark Brown 20 25.44 Elected
Malachai O’Hara 36 -11 = 25 Elected
Rachael Wallace 17 20.44

This was announced earlier with the same result but with a different way of working. The correction was made by Nigel Macauley and the Returning Officer’s assistants were gracious to accept the correction being made. The simple error was that originally the quota had been stated to be 37 not 25 as it should have been.

Campaigns

Candidate Votes Total votes = 74 Quota = 38
Stephen Donnan 27
Dee Gardner 0
Nicholas Young 47 Elected

Communications

Candidate Votes Total votes = 73 Quota = 37
Gavin Boyd 42 Elected
Matt Leebody 31

Treasurer

Candidate Votes
Cara McCann 70 Elected

There were 3 votes cast for RON.

Secretary

Candidate Votes
Matthew McDermott 73 Elected

There was 1 vote cast for RON.

Faith Representative

Candidate Votes Total votes = 73 Quota = 37
Andrew McFarland Campbell 19
Pádraig Ó Tuama 54 Elected

There were 2 votes cast for RON.

Non-Executive

Candidate Votes Total votes = 71 Quota = 24
Koldo Huidobro 3
Ciaran Moynagh LLB, MSSc, CPLS Soc 39 Elected
Adam Murray 29 Elected

I want to say thank you to everyone who stood. I’m sure that those not elected will still support the campaign. In fact I’m not just sure, I’m positive that they will. Most of them said so this evening.

 

3 thoughts on “A bit of farce never hurt any one… #equalmarriageni campaign gets going

  1. Attacking and debasing the institution of Marriage in NI is Racist, Anti-White, and extremely dangerous to our people. The future of the indigenous Celtic people of this island depends upon reproduction of our gene pool & raising our young in stable, nurturing family units so that our people and our future can continue to develop and grow to our fullest potential. There simply cannot be ‘EQUALITY’ between Male/Female marriage and Gay marriage because Gay marriage cannot produce children. It is a harmful and dangerous idea which is not needed and, in the end, will do more to harm to the gay community than to help it. Gay marriage, if legalized, will institutionalize the acceptance of our extinction as a people.

    The institution of Marriage safeguards and codifies into Culture the value and necessity of fertility, as well as the value of monogamous stable family units as the norm in Irish Society for raising our young. For all its problems, monogamous commitment between man and woman encourages stable prolonged nurturing of the young which results in advancing the evolutionary development of our race. In fact, the success of the White European race in general; high intelligence , high cognitive ability, extremely advanced creative/ problem solving ability is due to White Europeans adopting stable monogamous family units as an evolutionary strategy for survival. For our European ancestors to survive in a harsh and dangerous ice age environment where food was seasonal and often scarce we had to get smarter. By extended nurturing and caring of our young we got smarter and survived. We could only do this by adopting monogamy with Father/ Mother commitment to nurturing of the young as reproductive strategy. This is exactly where the Institution of Marriage came from. Codifying monogamous heterosexual relationships as the norm makes us able to survive and evolve as a race. It cannot be understated the simply enormous contribution White Europeans have made to humanity as a whole. Giant advances in higher learning, in philosophical understanding, in civilized ways of living (Civilization), in scientific knowledge, enabled the phenomenal technological development of the world we see today.
    Just like any other species, sub-species, race and ethnicity, it is essential for a folk to reproduce itself or it will die. Enabling high fertility of our Irish people, as well as limiting immigration & racial assimilation has to be paramount for our race/ethnicity to survive. This is a fundamental human right for any folk to preserve it’s traditional homeland, it’s unique folk culture and it’s future.

    Same sex marriage, multiculturalism, faux feminism, faux sexual equality, faux racial equality are all trends and ideas created and promoted by Jewish intellectual movements (Cultural Marxism). All of these Jewish schools of thought have contributed greatly to the decreasing fertility rate of Whites and the ‘browning’ out of traditional White societies. It is Genocide by stealth and it is deliberately conspired by Jewry who want to see the White race extinct itself-which we are fast on our way of doing. The Mass Media (which is entirely owned by Jewry) relentlessly churn our this suicidal Cultural Marxist propaganda in television, movies, magazines, radio, entertainment, internet etc. duping White societies to adopt ideas, values and behaviour that are dangerous and suicidal to our people.
    I would remind every gay and lesbian in N.Ireland that they only exist as intelligent life on earth because of the natural heterosexual activity of generations upon generations of their great Celtic ancestors who struggled hard and achieved so much. The Gay and lesbian community of N.Ireland do not need same sex marriage codified into law. This will signify an extremely dangerous shift in Cultural norm that benefits no one except an enemy that would like to see us choose our own execution.
    By pushing for this radical shift in Irish cultural norm, the gay and lesbian community is allying it’s self with malicious anti-White forces who want us ‘browned out’ by assimilation, family-less, childless, future-less and clueless. There can be no ‘equality’ in a rapidly shrinking White minority population between child producing relationships and non child producing relationships. This concept of ‘equality’ between heterosexual and same sex marriage is induced ‘politically correct’ delusional rubbish. There is no need for it, and it benefits no one except our enemies. It is suicidal for our culture and our folk.

    No species of life on this planet chooses non reproduction as a desired goal. Every species and sub species of life fights to reproduce. This is natural law. Sexual reproduction is the essential mechanism of evolution. Just as in all nature, fertility is essential for the great White Celtic people to survive as a unique and special ethnicity of humanity. Any attempt to genocide us by stealth will be viewed as vile anti-White treachery. The gay and lesbian community pushing for same sex marriage needs to decide if it is for White/Celtic genocide, or for White/Celtic survival. Whoever lobbies for this change in law will be viewed as pro-Jew traitors and enemy’s of the Celtic peoples.

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