Northern Irish activists ask Theresa May for help with marriage equality

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 9: British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech at the British Academy where she said that a new wave of grammar schools will end "selection by house price" and give every child the chance to go to a good school on September 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Ansell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Coalition talks in Northern Ireland collapsed this week, as the two largest parties in the region – Sinn Féin and the DUP – failed to find a compromise. Norther Ireland is the only part of the UK where same-sex marriages are not legalized, though the majority of population wants it. LGBT activists of the region addressed the UK parliament asking them for help with the legal recognition of same-sex marriages in NI. Patrick Corrigan of the Love Equality campaign will tell a meeting in Westminster that it is time for the country to extend the equal marriage rights to include the whole territory with no exception. Mr Corrigan will say that if Theresa May’s Government refuses to legislate for marriage equality in Northern Ireland, then MPs should introduce the measure to Parliament. The ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party strongly opposes the implementation of same-sex marriage, and its stance has been a key bone of contention in coalition talks with Irish republican party Sinn Féin. The country has been without a regional government since January due to the failure of power-sharing talks between Sinn Fein and the DUP, who legally must form an executive as the two largest parties.


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