Efforts renewed to give equal marriage to Northern Ireland

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Conservative peer Lord Robert Hayward has attempted to legalize same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland once again. Lord Hayward has proposed an amendment to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill. If the House of Lords adapt it, this bill will make equal marriages the UK-wide, which means nothing but legalizing them in Northern Ireland, as it is the only part of the country that is yet to legally recognize same-sex couples’ right to marry. Lord Hayward’s amendment allows for the scenario in which the devolved government returns to power. A clause included in the amendment would give the Northern Ireland Assembly six months to overturn the equal marriage provision if the House of Lords approves it to be signed into law. “This amendment respects the role of Stormont, but also recognizes the reality that those devolved institutions are not currently functioning,” said Lord Hayward.

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