Equal marriage campaigners will talk to DUP

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 25: Northern Ireland first minister Arlene Foster holds a press conference after a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May at Stormont on July 25, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The meeting follows similar ministerial meetings in Scotland and Wales since Mrs May's appointment. Brexit and the matter of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom's only hard border with the EU will be high on the agenda during todays talks. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and the UK’s Northern Ireland Secretary are to meet with equal marriage campaigners to discuss the issue that stands sharply in the region which remains the only part of the UK without marriage equality. Sinn Fein and the DUP failed to form a coalition a year ago.The ultra-conservative DUP are the largest stumbling block towards any deal on the issue, as the party is dominated by hardliners who are strongly opposed to equal marriage. The Love Equality campaign confirmed it would today meet with representatives of the DUP issuing a statement that read: “We look forward to meeting the DUP for the first time later today. We will feed back to the Northern Ireland public, including the 70% who support a marriage equality law, following the meeting this afternoon.”

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