Belfast Telegraph

Same-sex marriage activists demand removal of petition of concern as 20,000 people take to streets of Belfast

Demonstrators said they would not support a revived powersharing executive if it was not accompanied by a radical overhaul of the petition of concern.

Same sex marriage campaigners have insisted any deal to restore Stormont powersharing must include reform of a controversial voting mechanism that has blocked a law change in Northern Ireland.

Thousands of activists marched through Belfast to demand an end to the ban on gay marriage.

Demonstrators made it clear they would not support a revived powersharing executive if it was not accompanied by a radical overhaul of the petition of concern.

As many as 20,000 people lined the sunny city centre on Saturday, according to Amnesty International.

Chants of “Change is on the way” and “You can’t stop change” rang through the air outside Belfast City Hall.

The first ever Northern Ireland Transsexual Pride event was held in Belfast earlier on Saturday.

A sister rally was also held at Derry's Guildhall Square.

A majority of MLAs backed the introduction of same sex marriage the last time it was debated on the floor of the Assembly before the institutions collapsed almost 18 months ago, but the use of the petition of concern (PoC) by the Democratic Unionists rendered that irrelevant.

The petition, which is a peace process construct designed to protect minority views in a post-conflict society, means a proposal can only be passed in the Assembly if a majority of unionists and a majority of nationalist MLAs support it, rather than a straightforward majority head count.

The DUP is far from the only Stormont party accused of abusing the mechanism, with rivals also criticised for deploying it on other issues many claim have little to do with protecting minority rights.

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
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
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
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The party has also said it is willing to scrap the petition entirely if others, including Sinn Fein, agree.

John O’Doherty, a prominent activist with the Love Equality coalition campaigning for a law change, told the rally any future deal between the DUP and Sinn Fein needed to encompass reform of the PoC.

“It has been almost 18 months since the Northern Ireland Assembly last sat,” he said.

“I know many of our MLAs are here today. We thank them for their support.

“We know that at least 55 out of 90 MLAs now back equal marriage. Yet still they cannot deliver.

“No party or group of MLAs should hold a veto over people lives, over people’s rights – and this campaign will not be held to ransom by those who seek to hold Northern Ireland back, who refuse to recognise the rights of LGBT people and our families.

“Our message is clear – any return of the Executive and the Assembly must include real reform of the petition of concern.

“Up front reform, not an afterthought or a postscript to any deal, or a can to be kicked down the road.

“And to the DUP and those who seek to use this veto to deny us our rights – history will judge your actions.

“Over 75% of people across Northern Ireland now support the introduction of marriage equality – and we will not be silenced.

“We will not be deterred.”

In a blunt message to Prime Minister Theresa May and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley, Mr O’Doherty said human rights “could not be based on postcodes”.

The UK Government has come under pressure to legislate on the issue amid the ongoing absence of powersharing.

Armagh-born Labour MP Conor McGinn, who failed in a recent bid to change the law through a private member’s bill at Westminster, warned Mrs May the issue was “not going away”.

“The message from the thousands here today in Belfast is loud and clear,” he said.

“It is a message for the Prime Minister and the Government, and it is: we love equality, we stand with LGBT couples, we demand the same rights as everyone else in the UK and the island of Ireland, and we want equal marriage now.

“We are on the right side of history. We will not give up. This is not going away. And we are going to win.”

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Paula Keenan and her partner Pauline Dempsey, who got married in Dublin as they were unable to in Belfast, were among those at the colourful parade.

“I’m a Belfast woman, this is my home, all my major life events have happened here, except one,” said Ms Keenan.

“I had to leave my home and go to Dublin to get married.

“So Pauline and I got married in Dublin – when we go to England, Wales or Scotland, we’re married.

“I fell seriously ill in Spain a couple of years ago, Pauline sat by my bed for five weeks, the Spanish nurses and doctors addressed Pauline as my wife.

“When we visit our son in Trump’s callous America, even there we are a married couple.

“We spend a lot of time in Dublin with Pauline’s family – again, we’re a married couple.

“We spend Sundays in Ikea the same as all the other boring married couples.

“As we head home from Dublin, about 56 miles up the road, we are suddenly no longer married.

“Doesn’t matter if it’s a hard border or a soft border, we’re stripped of our rights as soon as we cross it.

“What kind of logic is that? It makes as much sense as Northern Ireland’s abortion laws – and they don’t make any sense at all.”

Actor Bronagh Waugh, who is heavily involved in the campaign, called on Mrs May to “deliver on the promise of equality”.

“There can be no second class citizens in the UK or Ireland,” she said.

“Theresa May, we have a message for you. Prime Minister, it is unacceptable that your Government is now colluding in the denial of human rights to people in Northern Ireland.

“We are not second class citizens. We refuse to be treated as second class citizens.”

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