Belfast Telegraph

Labour MPs introduce plan to reform Northern Ireland's abortion and marriage laws

Labour MP Conor McGinn speaks at a marriage equality rally in Belfast.
Labour MP Conor McGinn speaks at a marriage equality rally in Belfast.
Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

Two Labour MPs have launched a bid to reform Northern Ireland's abortion laws and introduce same-sex marriage.

Armagh-born Conor McGinn and Stella Creasy have tabled amendments to new legislation from Secretary of State Karen Bradley.

Mrs Bradley introduced legislation in the House of Commons this week in an attempt to give further decision making powers to Northern Ireland's civil servants in the absence of a Stormont Assembly.

The DUP are opponents of both same-sex marriage and abortion rights and Prime Minister Theresa May's government currently relies on DUP MPs to pass key legislation through their confidence and supply agreement.

Abortion is currently illegal in Northern Ireland in all but the most extreme cases and as a result on average 28 women a week travel to England for terminations.

Campaigns for abortion legislation to be introduced in Northern Ireland have ramped up in the wake of the successful Abortion Referendum in the Republic of Ireland.

Labour MP Stella Creasy has been an outspoken supporter of abortion rights for women in Northern Ireland and has raised the issue in the Commons on a number of occasions.

In June Supreme Court judges said that Northern Ireland's existing laws were incompatible with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime.

However they dismissed a challenge from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission over the legality of Northern Ireland's abortion law.

Mr McGinn, who is originally from Armagh has been campaigning alongside human rights campaigners in an attempt to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Stella Creasy (Niall Carson/PA)
Stella Creasy (Niall Carson/PA)

Same-sex couples are allowed to wed in England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, but it is against the law in Northern Ireland.

Earlier this year Mr McGinn proposed a Bill to legalise same-sex marriage but it was blocked at its Second Reading, meaning it could not proceed through the Commons.

Secretary of State Karen Bradley has said it is the responsibility of devolved authorities to deliver change, but there has been no Stormont Executive in place since January 2017

Speaking to the The Guardian Mr McGinn said that equal marriage rights were "long overdue".

“Every poll shows that equal marriage has the support of the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland, most of the political parties there and the overwhelming number of MPs in the House of Commons.

"This amendment gives the government the opportunity to match its words with deeds and bring Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK.”

Activists were campaigning for an end to Northern Ireland’s ban on same-sex marriage (Peter Morrison/PA)
Activists were campaigning for an end to Northern Ireland’s ban on same-sex marriage (Peter Morrison/PA)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © SDLP MLA and Leader Colum Eastwood NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legisl
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Labour MP Conor McGinn speaks at a marriage equality rally in Belfast.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © NORTHERN IRELAND: UK MINISTER TWEETS SUPPORT TO THOUSANDS MARCHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities sends message to equal marriage demonstrators in Belfast Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from the Minister Patrick Corrigan March for equal marriage will be led by Belfast Lord Mayor Rally speakers to include Conor McGinn MP and Irish referendum Yes campaign leader Ailbhe Smyth Penny Mordaunt MP, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, has tweeted a message of support to thousands of people who are expected to take to the streets of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry today to demand her government legislates for equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. The Minister tweeted the message: @Love_EqualityNI have a great day folks! ?? attaching a graphic for the march for marriage equality [SEE ATTACHED], which is expected to attract thousands to the streets of Belfast today. Last weekend the Minister tweeted a welcome for the Yes vote in Irelands referendum for abortion law reform, pointedly noting that it was a historic and great day for Ireland, and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland. That hope must be met. Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have welcomed the Ministers message of support, and called on her to introduce legislation to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK or Ireland without such rights. Patrick Corrigan, the Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, one of the organisers of todays Love Equality demonstrations, said: Support from Penny Mordaunt is very welcome. As Minister for Women and Equalities, it is in her hands to change the law to end this discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. Tweets are welcome, but marriage equality legislation is what we really want from t
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured campaigners during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured campaigners during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured campaigners during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured speakers during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured Siobhan Craig with her dog Teddy during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
MP for St Helens North Conor McGinn speaking during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast on June 2.
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured friends Chloe Woods (L) and Charlie Dickie during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured L-R Joe Walsh, Nuala Devenney, Donna Banner, Ciara O'Neill, and Aisling Twomey before the Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured Anthony Kelly with his dog Jesse before the Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured Georgie Roulston (L) with friend Niamh Brennan and her 6 month daughter Lunasa Brennan before the Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured L-R Clare Moore, Lady Portia Di' Monte, Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister with her son Finn, actress Bronagh Waugh, Amanda McGurk, and Cara McCann before the Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured campaigners during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured campaigners walking alone Royal Avenue past Asher's Bakery during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured L-R Stephen Millar, Thomas Wells, and Sigle Bhreathnach-Cashell during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
McBurney/Love Equality NI's, March for marriage equality Pictured campaigners during Love Equality NI's march for marriage equality in Belfast Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © First ever Trans Pride event in Writers Square, Belfast. Theme; Solidarity - come join us and show your solidarity if you believe in equality regardless of gender. GUEST SPEAKERS inc; Kellie Maloney (CBB, Presenter & Speaker) Gerry Carroll MLA (PBP) William Ennis (PUP) Alicia V Perry (Author & Campaigner) Billy Gamble (Equality Commission) Boyd Sleator (NI Humanists) & TBC (Genderjam).
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Alex Maskey talks to Kelly Maloney First ever Trans Pride event in Writers Square, Belfast. Theme; Solidarity - come join us and show your solidarity if you believe in equality regardless of gender. GUEST SPEAKERS inc; Kellie Maloney (CBB, Presenter & Speaker) Gerry Carroll MLA (PBP) William Ennis (PUP) Alicia V Perry (Author & Campaigner) Billy Gamble (Equality Commission) Boyd Sleator (NI Humanists) & TBC (Genderjam).
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © First ever Trans Pride event in Writers Square, Belfast. Theme; Solidarity - come join us and show your solidarity if you believe in equality regardless of gender. GUEST SPEAKERS inc; Kellie Maloney (CBB, Presenter & Speaker) Gerry Carroll MLA (PBP) William Ennis (PUP) Alicia V Perry (Author & Campaigner) Billy Gamble (Equality Commission) Boyd Sleator (NI Humanists) & TBC (Genderjam).
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © First ever Trans Pride event in Writers Square, Belfast. Theme; Solidarity - come join us and show your solidarity if you believe in equality regardless of gender. GUEST SPEAKERS inc; Kellie Maloney (CBB, Presenter & Speaker) Gerry Carroll MLA (PBP) William Ennis (PUP) Alicia V Perry (Author & Campaigner) Billy Gamble (Equality Commission) Boyd Sleator (NI Humanists) & TBC (Genderjam).

Mrs Creasy described the current situation in Northern Ireland as a "travesty".

“The inequality in basic human rights between the people of Northern Ireland and their fellow citizens in the rest of the UK is a travesty," she said.

"The Prime Minister has repeatedly promised MPs a free vote on these issues – it’s now time to see if she puts principle or staying in power with the DUP first.”

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