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20,000 sign petition to legalise gay marriage in Northern Ireland

By Ann W Schmidt

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition being handed in to Stormont today calling for same-sex marriage to be legalised in Northern Ireland.

It is also protesting against the use of the Petition of Concern by the DUP - effectively a veto - to stop a majority vote by MLAs in favour of gay marriage being passed.

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said: "By ignoring the majority will and blocking the right of LGBT couples to marry, the DUP is subverting democracy. The time has come for the DUP to end its four decades of opposition to LGBT equality."

But a DUP spokesman said the party supports the current definition of marriage: "This position has been outlined on every occasion the issue has been debated in the Assembly and was contained within the party's manifesto for the 2016 Assembly election."

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