The Belfast Telegraph reports:
Thousands of people have joined a major parade through Belfast city centre demanding same-sex marriage rights. The demonstration on Saturday afternoon concluded with a rally in front of City Hall.
The ban on equal marriage in Northern Ireland is one of several sticking points delaying the formation of a new powersharing government at Stormont. It is the only part of the UK and Ireland where the practice remains outlawed.
The DUP’s opposition to changing the law has attracted increased scrutiny across the UK since the party became the UK Government’s kingmaker at Westminster. The DUP has used a controversial Stormont voting mechanism, the petition of concern, to prevent a law change, despite a majority of assembly members supporting the move at the last vote.
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Equal marriage parade Belfast. Organisers predicted victorious campaign. pic.twitter.com/x2mq35wb6R
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'As we go marching, marching
We bring the greater days…'
From Belfast with Love – proud to march for marriage equality today. 🏳️🌈👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/RVD4PJ2uFA
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