Rally Held in Support of Gay Marriage in Northern Ireland

Belfast pride. photo via Facebook

Thousands marched through the city of Belfast last Saturday, demanding same-sex marriage be recognized. Northern Ireland is the only region in the U.K. where gay marriage is not yet legal.

Though most people in the region are in favor of gay marriage, attempts to legalize it were blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party, according to Reuters. Sara Canning, the partner of slain journalist and LGBT rights activist Lyra McKee, led the march following her partner’s murder in April. 

"We pay our taxes, we are governed by the same laws, why should we not be afforded the same rights in marriage," Canning said, according to Reuters. Canning was wearing a T-shirt that said “Love Equality.”

Protestors called on the British Parliament to bypass the Democratic Unionist Party and introduce legislation legalizing gay marriage.


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