In an ITV debate, the UK’s potential new Prime Ministers Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson were asked: “Do you support extending abortion rights and same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland?”
Hunt responded that he did, while Johnson said he thought it was a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly.
However, neither took part in the vote Tuesday which essentially decided this issue.
MPs voted 383-73 in favour of extending same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland.
Same-sex marriage and abortion rights will only be extended to the region if power-sharing talks fail to restore devolution by October 21.
“(It’s) a huge step forward for LGBT equality in the UK and a tribute to those who have spent years building momentum and public support for equal marriage in Northern Ireland,” said Stonewall’s executive director of campaigns and strategy Paul Twocock.
“We’re proud of the tireless work our partners at the Love Equality campaign have done to push forward the legalisation of equal marriage.”