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07/08/2017

Varadkar: 'Only A Matter Of Time' For Same Sex Marriage In NI

The Irish prime minister has said it is "only a matter of time" before same sex marriage is introduced in Northern Ireland.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attended a Belfast Pride breakfast event on Saturday, 05 August.

Speaking in Belfast he said: "I am here to state my support and my government's support for equality before the law and individual freedom for all citizens whatever they may reside.

"Difference makes us stronger and that's something believe in and something that I can mark Northern Ireland out in the future.

"I totally appreciate that this is an issue for the Northern Ireland Assembly, but we need an assembly up and running."

The DUP remains opposed to same-sex marriage.
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Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw said: "Belfast Pride has become one of the annual highlights of the local calendar, with thousands of people taking part in the parade itself, and thousands more lining the route," she said.

"The sheer size of the parade today was breathtaking. The week leading up to the parade is also filled with fantastic events, showcasing the work and education which has gone on in relation to the LGBT community.

"It was also particularly welcome to see the PSNI taking part in the parade in their uniform for the first time. This move shows just how diverse and positive Belfast has become in so many ways, and how much of a stand we will take against prejudice.

"But many challenges experienced by LGBT people here remain, and therefore Alliance will continue to fight against all forms of discrimination and lead the way in promoting equality for everyone."

(CD/LM)

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