Court makes a decision about same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland

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A court is expected to issue a ruling on marriage equality in the only part of the UK where it is still not legalized. The issue, which has been stalled for some time in the region’s devolved Assembly, has been the subject of multiple legal challenges from same-sex couples that tried to win a right to marry through courts. A ruling is expected on the issue later today (Aug.17). at Belfast’s High Court, in the culmination of two separate legal cases that have been under consideration by Mr. Justice O’Hara for more than a year. The two cases, which will be ruled on concurrently, both concern same-sex couples seeking to have their marriage recognised. One of the cases is a challenge to the Northern Ireland Assembly’s refusal to legislate for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. One of the cases is a challenge to the Northern Ireland Assembly’s refusal to legislate for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the other one concerns samer-sex couples from England and Wales whose marriages were turned into civil partnerships in NI. A positive ruling in both cases could help usher in equal marriage to Northern Ireland, while a positive ruling in only the second case may allow for the recognition of marriages from elsewhere without permitting weddings directly in Northern Ireland.

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