A giant mural was painted in Northern Ireland as a sign of support of marriage equality. The similar painting has already been painted by the same artist in the Republic of Ireland when they were also voting for marriage equality. Though same-sex marriage is now legal in the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, England, Wales and Scotland, all progress on the issue continues to be blocked in Northern Ireland by the Democratic Unionist Party. The DUP last year used peace process powers to file a ‘petition of concern’ and overturn a Stormont Assembly vote for equal marriage, and in its manifesto earlier this year promised to keep defending “traditional marriage”
The mural included a couple from Belfast who travelled to America to get married. Painted with permission from the Hill Street building’s owners, the mural took two days to create – and is intended to fade over time. Kerb stones in parts of the city have also been painted in rainbow colours for Pride.