A new law going into effect in Northern Ireland is dividing the population – but it's not likely anything will be done about it.
Last year the British Parliament voted to impose abortion and homosexual "marriage" on Northern Ireland. Abortion is already in effect; but the date for legalized same-gender marriage was set for January 13, with the first ceremonies to take place on Valentine's Day.
Jim Dowson of Knights Templar International in Northern Ireland explains the country had no say in the matter.
"There is no political mandate and there's no Democratic mandate of any description for this legislation that has been forced in here by the Westminster authorities at the behest of Sinn Féin," he tells OneNewsNow. "Horrible that for Ireland."
There is deep division in the country with left-wing Sinn Féin supporting the move and Protestants opposing it – and that's been part of the nation's history for many years.
"Some things are very stupid in Northern Ireland," Dowson shares. "If one group of people supports something, other people then obviously are against it – so it could be that or it could go to Catholic social teaching and tolerance and all that sort of rubbish.
"I don't really know the answer, but they celebrated down in Northern Ireland [where] most Catholics are liberal left and most Protestants are conservative right."
Because of the deep division in the country, its Parliament has not met for three years. But as Dowson pointed out in a previous interview with OneNewsNow, the country has gotten along just fine without politicians.