Same-sex marriages must be allowed in Northern Ireland, says actress Bronagh Waugh
Coleraine actress Bronagh Waugh has repeated her call for the introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Times, the actress who appeared in The Fall, said she saw the campaign for same-sex marriage in terms of human rights.
"It is a human right to be able to marry the person you love," she said.
"I cannot bear any group of people in our society to be treated differently.
"To allow one part of the community to get married but not another, because of their sexuality, blows my mind.
"It doesn't harm anybody. It's about love.
"There is nothing more pure, bright, honest and gorgeous than loving another human being."
Bronagh, who has also starred in Hollyoaks, has long been involved in campaigning for the introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland - the only part of the UK where it is not permitted.
Last year the actress told the Belfast Telegraph that she would not walk down the aisle with her partner until same-sex couples are allowed to marry here.
The 35-year-old star - whose Canadian mother is gay and in a same-sex marriage - said that the recent developments within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland over marriage equality and its vote to refuse baptism to children of same-sex Presbyterian couples had made her "desperately sad".
"That is saying to a baby, 'you don't matter because of your parents'.
"One of the fundamental problems with Northern Ireland is that our education, laws and politics are ruled to a large extent by the church.
"It's driving decisions that make social differences." Bronagh added: "I have respect for people with faith, but the church should not determine law, equal rights or education"
The outspoken actress also took aim at Northern Ireland's non-functioning devolved Assembly, which has been mothballed since early 2017, with no restoration of the Executive in sight.
"Human rights, community and social issues have been ignored in Northern Ireland for the past 16 months," said Bronagh.
"We are paying our MLAs to sit around and do nothing."
She vowed to continue to speak out about the issues that are important to her.
"A lot of people have issues with actors campaigning," said Bronagh.
"Regardless of my job, I would still do it.
"As an actor, I have no say in the final edit.
"But the one thing you should take with you is integrity.
"I want to stand up for the things I believe in."
Bronagh also revealed she is preparing for a casting meeting for a show about a woman with 65 personalities.
"I just might have found a role that was built for me!" she laughed.