The British PM met marriage equality protesters in Northern Ireland

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has faced protesters calling for equal marriage in Belfast, where she came to gain support for her Brexit deal. However, her speech at Queen’s University Belfast faced protests from LGBT+ activists who criticized her for doing nothing for marriage equality to be implemented in Northern Ireland, which remains the only part of the UK where same-sex marriages are disapproved. The PM has said the issue must wait until devolution is restored, but the region has been without a government since January 2017 due to a rift between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party. So, the protesters came to the PM to call her out for halting the decision.Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, said: “We want the Prime Minister to understand that she has a responsibility to ensure equality for the LGBT community in Northern Ireland, who are sick of being treated as second-class citizens in their own country. Flying a rainbow flag from 10 Downing Street for Pride is an empty gesture if the Prime Minister is going to fly the white flag on LGBT rights for people in Northern Ireland. Theresa May needs to get behind legislation to allow marriage equality in Northern Ireland, rather than allow anti-gay discrimination to continue year after year.”

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