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Belfast Pride street artist unveils same sex marriage mural

Five storey piece of artwork in city centre depicts two women kissing

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 02/08/2016

The Love Wins mural was created by Irish artist Joe Caslin and can be seen on Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter near the Dirty Onion bar in Belfast
The Love Wins mural was created by Irish artist Joe Caslin and can be seen on Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter near the Dirty Onion bar in Belfast
A five-storey mural depicting a married lesbian couple has been painted on a city centre building in Belfast, as part of the same-sex marriage campaign. The work of street artist Joe Caslin is ahead of Belfast Pride Week. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
A five-storey mural depicting a married lesbian couple has been painted on a city centre building in Belfast, as part of the same-sex marriage campaign. The work of street artist Joe Caslin is ahead of Belfast Pride Week. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye

The artist behind a new Belfast mural depicting a married lesbian couple has said he hopes it will make people stop and think.

The five storey piece of artwork has been painted on a gable wall at Hill Street in the vibrant cathedral quarter close to the city centre.

Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Pride party in the square at the Custom house square in Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pride party in the square at the Custom house square in Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Justice Minister David Ford showing his support for the LGBT community at Belfast's Pride Festival with Roisin Lavery, Equality Commission and Sean O'Neill, Festival organiser. Picture: Michael Cooper

The work entitled Love Wins, shows two local women who wed in the United States, because Northern Ireland is the only region in the UK or Ireland where same sex marriage remains outlawed.

Street artist Joe Caslin, who rose to prominence with his huge mural of two men embracing in Dublin ahead of last year's historic referendum, said: "I'd love to see same sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland, that's really the crux of it."

Last June up to 20,000 campaigners marched through Belfast city centre demanding a change in the law.

However, Northern Ireland's devolved Stormont Assembly has repeatedly refused to legislate on the contentious issue.

Although a slim majority of MLAs voted in favour of lifting the ban when it was debated for a fifth time last November, the proposal fell when the DUP deployed a controversial voting mechanism to effectively veto it.

Those opposed to gay marriage argue that same sex couples already have the ability to enter into civil partnerships and claim there is no appetite for further change.

The contentious matter is also being contested through the courts where two same sex couples have challenged the current law under human rights legislation.

Mr Caslin has argued gay people in Northern Ireland should have the same right to civil marriage as those living elsewhere.

He added: "In the Republic the question was put to the population who overwhelmingly voted yes and I believe that same question should be put to the people of Northern Ireland.

"If love is there it is one of the most basic connections of the human race, and when you find it, you have to mind it."

The artist said he was captivated by the "love and spark" between the two women, whom he has chosen not to name adding: "This mural is tender and dignified and showcases the love that's there.

"There is no negativity in it at all.

"Belfast has an amazing culture of murals - first there were the political murals and then came the peace murals but it's now time for other things to be said.

"The city is moving into a new space - it is amazing and vibrant and it is great to be a part of that."

The mural has been put up to mark Belfast Pride which, this year, has the theme, We Are One.

After gaining planning permission, it was erected over two days with Mr Caslin catching just three hours' sleep during the lengthy painting process. As in Dublin, the temporary biodegradable piece will disintegrate within a few months.

Kerb stones in some parts of the city centre have also been painted in rainbow colours - a welcome change from the use of paint to mark out territory along sectarian lines.

Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. 2nd August 2014
Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. 2nd August 2014
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly at the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre August 2014
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly at the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre August 2014
The 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon.
Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. 2nd August 2014
Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. 2nd August 2014
General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon.
The 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon.
The 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon.
The 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon.
The 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon.
The 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon.
The 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon.
The 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon.
The 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon at the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Christian protestors stage their protest at City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Christian protestors stage their protest at City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Christian protestors stage their protest at City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Christian protestors stage their protest at City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Christian protestors stage their protest at City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Christian protestors at the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Christian protestors at the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of the 2014 Belfast Pride parade in Belfast city centre this afternoon. Thousands of people attended the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. The parade will left Custom House Square and make its way through the city centre.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-08-2014: Thousands of people pictured attending the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 24th year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Mr Caslin said the response from members of the public had been hugely positive. Teacher Marie McKnight from Belfast was among the dozens of onlookers who turned up to admire his offering.

She said: "I think it's fantastic. It is great that it is something that will highlight the issue and it is just lovely that the couple featured are local.

"I would, however, have liked a bit more colour - to make it a bit more vibrant because I think this city needs something that is a bit more in your face on this kind of issue."

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