Northern Irish same-sex couples criticize delay with converting their civil partnerships into marriages

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Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland are taking legal action against the UK government after it emerged that the new law does not include converting civil partnerships into marriages. Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will be allowed to marry under the new law from January, but the 1,200 couples already in civil partnerships have no legal possibility to change their status. “The government made a commitment to equal access to marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland,” Ciaran Moynagh, the solicitor representing the couples said, “Current proposals do not deliver on that commitment. My clients feel they have no choice but to take this action for themselves and on behalf of many others who face the prospect of continued inequality of treatment.” Meanwhile, Amnesty UK’s Northern Ireland director Patrick Corrigan stressed that the marriage equality law should not leave anybody behind.

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