I back gay marriage, says boxing hero Paddy Barnes
Belfast boxer and two-time Olympic medal winner Paddy Barnes has backed calls for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
Speaking before of a major march and rally in Belfast tomorrow calling for a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry, Barnes said people should be allowed to marry the person they love.
"Although I can't be there in person at the march and rally, I want to voice my complete support for civil marriage equality," he said. "I'm hoping to be married myself and I believe that everyone should be able to marry the person they love; it's as simple as that."
Barnes is just the latest Northern Ireland public figure to express his backing for marriage equality in recent weeks.
He joins Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, singer Brian Kennedy, and actors Bronagh Gallagher and Stephen Rea who have all backed the right for same-sex couples to get married.
The march and rally for civil marriage equality is organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Amnesty International and the Rainbow Project.
It assembles at the University of Ulster Belfast campus, York Street, at 2.30pm for march to the rally at City Hall at 3.30pm.