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Game of Thrones star wants same-sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland

Call: Kristian Nairn
Call: Kristian Nairn
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn has thrown his weight behind calls for same-sex marriage to be made legal in Northern Ireland.

The Lisburn actor played servant Hodor in the hit HBO fantasy series filmed in Northern Ireland, but at one time was a drag queen artist called Revvlon and a resident DJ at the Kremlin nightclub.

"It confuses me why we always have to be that little step behind on social issues like this," Nairn told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"It should be brought into line with the rest of the UK.

"It makes it hard to be an ambassador from here.

"There's a lot of very amazing things about Northern Ireland, but the gay rights issues are definitely not one of them.

"It's not as if we're going anywhere, we're human beings and we're no more, no less than anybody else."

Same-sex marriage has been legal in the UK since 2013 but the DUP has blocked any moves to bring Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK in the Assembly.

Meanwhile, members of the Love Equality campaign met with the Secretary of State Karen Bradley yesterday to demand she uses her powers to legalise gay marriage in the absence of Stormont, in the same way she took action to cut MLA pay and RHI boiler subsidies.

Following their meeting in Whitehall with Mrs Bradley, Cara McCann of HereNI and Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty International said they were disappointed with the outcome.

Ms McCann said: "Karen Bradley simply reiterated the Government's policy of inaction on marriage equality, effectively committing it to ongoing discrimination against same-sex couples in Northern Ireland."

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