Bronagh Gallagher calls for gay marriage in Northern Ireland
Bronagh Gallagher has called for same-sex marriage to be introduced in Northern Ireland.
The Londonderry-born singer and actress made the call as it was announced that she is to perform at a rally for marriage equality in Belfast on Saturday.
“I was a big supporter of the Yes campaign in the Republic and now I want to see that joy spread to Northern Ireland," she said.
“For me, this is dead simple. I think everyone is equal and the law should treat them as equal. No more and no less than that. The right to be treated equally by your government - including by being able to get married - is a matter of fundamental human rights.
“Gay people in Northern Ireland are not second class citizens and should not be treated as such by their government. Everyone should have the right to have their love recognised as equal before the law."
he rally, in front of Belfast City Hall, will follow a march through the city being organised by Amnesty International, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Rainbow Project.
Bronagh will be supported on stage by QUIRE, a 30-strong choir of LGBT singers.
She added: “I can't wait to perform at the rally. I am working in London at the minute, but I'm flying into Belfast especially to sing for equality. It's even better knowing that I will be performing with QUIRE, Belfast's brilliant LGBT choir. I could hardly have a more appropriate backing group for the occasion.
“If the atmosphere in Belfast is anything like it was in Dublin during the Yes campaign, then Saturday is going to be electric. My message to the politicians is: join us."
The Northern Ireland actress and singer shot to prominence in the film The Commitments over 20 years ago.
She has gone on to star in dozens of roles on stage and screen including major movies such as Pulp Fiction, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Sherlock Holmes, and has recorded several albums and continues to gig regularly.