N Ireland laws on abortion, same-sex marriage, set to change

Danica Kirka, writing for The Seattle Times:

Northern Ireland is set to decriminalize abortion and set the stage for legalization of same-sex marriages as of midnight Monday, bringing its laws in line with the rest of the U.K.

This is happening because British lawmakers voted last year in favor of changing these laws if Northern Ireland’s government wasn’t up and running by Oct. 21.

So, good for Britain for being progressive here. As to why Britian had to get involved in the first place:

Northern Ireland’s government has been suspended for more than two-and-a-half years amid a dispute between the major Protestant and Catholic parties, leaving Britain’s Parliament to make some key decisions.

This is why separation of church and state is a good thing.