A same-sex wedding has been staged on the steps of Stormont


Actually it was not a wedding in general meaning of this word, it was an attempt of Northern Irish LGBT campaigners to make such weddings legally recognized in their native land, which remains the only part of the UK where same-sex marriages are still illegal. The mock marriage was hosted by a number of campaign groups and saw Neal Rush and Mark McLoughlin, a real couple, get ‘married’. The demonstration was hailed by Sinn Fein MLA Eilisha McCallion, who said that it showed a “growing demand” for same-sex marriages. She said: “It is two years after the historic marriage equality referendum in the south but LGBT citizens in the north are still being denied the opportunity to marry the person they love. Today’s demonstration shows once again that there is a growing demand across society to see marriage equality extended across the island. There can be no place in our society for homophobia, misogyny or discrimination of any form. Sinn Fein will continue to fight for marriage equality and for equal rights for all citizens across the north.”


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