UK government defends failing to pass equal marriage in Northern Ireland

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07/05/2019

The UK’s capital is about to host its biggest Pride weekend tomorrow (6 July), but same-sex couples do not have the right to marry in Northern Ireland. The government revealed its progress on their LGBT Action Plan, a 75-point plan, yesterday (4 July). Not every same-sex couple has the right to marry in every part of the UK. This is in despite civil partnerships for opposite-sex partnerships across the UK this year. A Government Spokesperson told Gay Star News: ‘We are proud that we introduced marriage for same-sex couples. It is right that they are finally able to celebrate their relationship in the way other couples have done for centuries. ‘We are clear that we want to see marriage for same-sex couples extended to Northern Ireland, however, this is a devolved matter and therefore an issue for Northern Ireland to decide.’

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