Theresa May urged to intervene for equal marriage in Northern Ireland as the court dismissed it

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 11: British Home Secretary Theresa May launches her Conservative party leadership campaign at the IET events venue on July 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. Theresa May MP and Andrea Leadsom MP are the last two remaining contenders in the leadership race to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after the resignation of David Cameron. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Northern Irish LGBT activists have called for UK Prime Minister Theresa May to intervene in the region asking her to help them reach equality as the court failed to do it. The High Court today rejected two challenges which had sought to secure equal marriage rights in Northern Ireland, which is the only part of the UK that still bans same-sex marriage. Following the court ruling, LGBT activists say that the only way to secure equal marriage in the region without the Assembly functioning is to address directly to the UK government asking the country leader for intervention. Mrs. May claimed numerous times tat she is pro-equality and she wants the people of the UK to receive all the liberties in full, including marriage regardless of gender and sexuality. Speaking after the judgment, Director of The Rainbow Project John O’Doherty said: “Of course, we would prefer that the Northern Ireland Assembly were in a position to grant these rights; the Assembly is not currently functioning. It is, therefore, the responsibility of Theresa May’s government to make the necessary amendments to the marriage legislation to make it applicable in Northern Ireland. The eyes of LGBT people around the world will now be on Theresa May. She says that she has changed her mind on LGBT equality over her years in Parliament. Now is her chance to prove it.”


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