There is now a majority in favour of legalising gay marriage in Northern Ireland. That’s the claim of a campaign group, who say most Northern Ireland Assembly members support the move.
Clare Moore, from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, said: “A decisive majority of new MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) to support marriage equality”, at a press conference in Belfast organised by the Love Equality coalition.
The Democratic Unionists Party (DUP), who have a staunch conservative wing, have blocked same-sex marriages in the region for some years. They used a mechanism called ‘petition of concern’ to stop the measure being debated.