Newton Emerson: Big business finally finds its its voice in the North

Call for extension of same-sex marriage law from multinationals is unprecedented

John O’Doherty, director of the Rainbow Project speaking at a campaign event in Belfast as several major international companies operating in the North called for same-sex marriage to be introduced. Photograph: PA

John O’Doherty, director of the Rainbow Project speaking at a campaign event in Belfast as several major international companies operating in the North called for same-sex marriage to be introduced. Photograph: PA

There is no modern precedent in Northern Ireland for any major business taking an overtly political – let alone party political – stance on any contentious issue.

An entire culture of Troubles hyper-caution and peace process sensitivity mitigates against it. Even Brexit has provoked little more than strangulated hand-wringing from the firms set to be worst affected.

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