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Gay marriage in Northern Ireland 'a matter of time'

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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.

The tide of public opinion has shifted decisively in favour of gay marriage in Northern Ireland and it is only a matter of time before it is legalised, a leading campaigner has claimed.

Colm O'Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, will deliver the message at the organisation's annual Pride lecture in Belfast tonight.

Mr O'Gorman was heavily involved in the Yes campaign that won the referendum on marriage equality in the Republic of Ireland in May.

Following that vote, Northern Ireland is now set to be the only part of the UK or Ireland where civil marriage is denied to same-sex couples.

The Stormont Assembly has rejected a proposal calling for the introduction of gay marriage on four occasions, with unionists opposed to the move using a contentious voting mechanism to effectively veto it.

Two same-sex couples are currently seeking to overturn the Assembly's ban in the courts by way of a judicial review. Last month around 20,000 people marched in Belfast city centre demanding a law change.

A number of Christian organisations are opposed to any legal redefinition of marriage, insisting the institution should be restricted to heterosexual couples.

Mr O'Gorman said campaigners in favour of legislative change in Northern Ireland could learn lessons from the Yes campaign south of the border.

"The decision by the Irish people to back equality echoed around the world," he said.

"Nowhere more so than across the border in Northern Ireland, where same-sex couples now find themselves in the only part of the UK or Ireland banned by law from getting married.

Panti Bliss, one of Dublin’s foremost drag queens
Panti Bliss, one of Dublin’s foremost drag queens
Drag queen Panti Bliss (aka Rory ONeill) joins up with the Garda Band as she attends the Dublin Pride Parade in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday 28 June 2014. Photo Barbara Lindberg
Panti Bliss, one of Dublin’s foremost drag queens
The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade
The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade
Gay Pride parade Belfast. 06/07/13 Picture Mark McCormick
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Pictured at the parade Ra and Sid. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Pictured at the parade Amy Thompson,Michael Quinn and Chris Patterson. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Pictured at the Parade Basil McCrea from new political party NI21. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Justice Minister David Ford has visited Justice Corner at the Belfast Pride Festival. Justice Corner offers an opportunity for a one-stop for visitors to discuss a range of criminal justice matters with officials. It includes stands from the Department of Justice, the Youth Justice Agency, the Policing Board, the Courts and Tribunals Service and the Public Prosecution Service. Minister Ford is pictured with Mel Carroll and Geraldine Hanna from Victims Support. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Gerry Kelly from Sinn Fein Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Members of the Free Presbyterian Church protest. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Basil McCrea from NI21 Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Members of the Free Presbyterian Church protest. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Basil McCrea from NI21 Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Basil McCrea from NI21 Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Pictured at the parade Jane Csiszar and Sabia Hurley. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Pictured at the parade Jane Csiszar and Sabia Hurley. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Ruby pictured at the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 06-07-02013: Thousands of people attend the annual Gay Pride parade in Belfast city centre. Now in its 23rd 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 - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 6th July 2013 - The 23rd Annual Belfast Pride Parade Marchers take part in the Annual Belfast Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre this afternoon. The parade was attend by members and supporters of the LGBT community. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

"The Yes campaign was won by focusing on a positive message that the lives of LGBTI people, their relationships and their families matter. That they are entitled to the same human rights as others, and to the full and equal protection of the law. It was essentially a family values campaign, which asserted that all families matter, and that none should be excluded from the rights, privileges, protections and responsibilities granted by civil marriage.

"The tone and focus of the campaign was overwhelmingly affirming, positive and even joyous."

Mr O'Gorman claimed polling data showed almost 70% of people in Northern Ireland were in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry, with the percentage even higher among younger people.

"Politicians can't simply ignore figures like that," he added. "The tide of public opinion has shifted decisively and there can only be one outcome.

"It is now only a matter of time before civil marriage rights for same-sex couples are introduced in Northern Ireland. Amnesty's commitment here and around the world is to ensure that equality for all arrives sooner rather than later. By focusing on an affirmative message of how equality would positively affect the lives of ordinary people across Northern Ireland, many of the remaining doubters can be won over."

The Amnesty International Belfast Pride lecture - Marriage Equality: How the YES was won - will take place in the Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Avenue, at 6.30pm.

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