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Watch: Thousands take to the streets of Northern Ireland to demand marriage equality

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where equal marriage is outlawed.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Northern Ireland on Saturday to demand marriage equality.

A march was organised by the Love Equality Campaign took place across central Belfast.

The first Transexual Pride Rally was held in Belfast earlier on Saturday.

It was led by the Alliance Party's Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister and ended with a rally in front of City Hall, hosted by Belfast actor Bronagh Waugh.

Among the speakers at the event were Armagh-born Labour MP Conor McGinn.

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A sister rally was held in Derry's Guildhall Square.

The protests come amid intensifying calls on Theresa May to reform Northern Ireland's laws on same-sex marriage and access to abortion.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where equal marriage is outlawed.

Speaking after the event Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill said that the march also showed solidarity with other causes.

“The solidarity message is very clear to Irish language speakers, the victims of institutional abuse and victims of the conflict and to women campaigning for appropriate and compassionate healthcare services," she said.

“This was very much a rally for equality and rights for all, for a modern society, for an inclusive society and Sinn Fein is very proud to march with them and campaign for the delivery of those rights.

“Sinn Féin wants a local assembly to make decisions on the implementation of these rights."

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