Belfast marches for gay marriage

July 1, 2017 | Belfast | Clodagh Kilcoyn/Reuters | 17130

Thousands of people marched in Belfast on Saturday to demand Northern Ireland join the rest of the United Kingdom in legalising same-sex marriage.

It is understood that resistance to gay marriage by the Democratic Unionist Party is one of the reasons why a power sharing administration for Northern Ireland has not so far been formed.

Opinion polls taken in Northern Ireland for some time show a majority are in favour of equal marriage.

Thousands of demonstrators marched through central Belfast waving rainbow flags and banners saying “Love is a Human Right.”

The Republic of Ireland voted in favour of gay marriage in a referendum in 2015.