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Valentine's Day call for equal marriage to be introduced in Northern Ireland

A group of Northern Ireland students gathered on Valentine's Day.
A group of Northern Ireland students gathered on Valentine's Day.

A group of students have come together on Valentine's Day to call for equal marriage to be introduced in Northern Ireland.

The LGBT+ students at local colleges and universities came together at Titanic Belfast to make an appeal to a government minister ahead of a vote in the House of Lords.

The campaigners are asking Home Office minister Baroness Williams to allow a free vote on an amendment which would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in Northern Ireland.

The amendment to the Civil Partnership Bill is being tabled by Conservative peer Lord Hayward.

Last year, Secretary of State Karen Bradley told the Commons that the Government would allow a free vote if the matter was raised in Westminster, but Baroness Williams opposed the measure when it was first proposed earlier this month.

Conor Loughran, LGBT+ officer of the National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) said the group were appealing to the Minister not to stand in the way "of the true love of thousands of couples in Northern who just wanted to be treated as equals under the law".

“The Government has to decide whether to stand by Karen Bradley’s public commitment from last year, or to oppose equality for LGBT+ people here. We hope they choose love,” he said.

If the amendment passes same-sex marriage would be extended to Northern Ireland, but it would include a clause allowing the Assembly to overturn the decision within six months.

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.

In November 2015 a majority of MLAs in the Assembly supported the introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, but the measure was blocked by the DUP using a controversial petition of concern.

Colum Eastwood
Colum Eastwood

An April 2018 Sky News poll showed 76% support for marriage equality amongst the Northern Ireland public, with just 18% opposed. Over 90 of the 90 MLAs in the Assembly have voiced support for marriage equality legislation.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood backed the call and said it was "shameful" that Northern Ireland retained such archaic marriage laws.

“I was proud to bring the first motion to the Assembly that received majority support for marriage equality before it was disgracefully vetoed by the DUP," the Foyle MLA said.

People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. Michael Cooper/PA Wire
People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from UTV join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from UTV join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from the Northern Ireland Civil Service join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Sinn Fein representatives join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service joins marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from UTV join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from UTV join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from the Northern Ireland Civil Service join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Sinn Fein representatives join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service joins marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey with marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Police officers pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officers pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Dogs with marchers pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Claire Sugden MLA pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - John O'Doherty pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Religious protestors and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Kimberly McClusky taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Dancers taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
A person taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
A dancer taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Dancers taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
A person taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
A Police Service of Northern Ireland officer taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Miz Tasty and Red Scarlet taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Miz Tasty and Red Scarlet taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Miz Tasty and Red Scarlet taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Players from the Belfast Azlans, a gay rugby team taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

“The SDLP’s message on Valentine’s Day is the same as it is everyday- love is equal. It is completely shameful that men and women in Northern Ireland are locked out of the institution of marriage- this injustice must end."

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