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The bittersweet beauty of Northern Ireland’s equal marriage reform

We were uncertain of the method, but always confident of that this could be done. I only wish my nineteen-year-old self could see us today

By Stephen Donnan-Dalzell  

Members of the LGBT community celebrate at the Maverick bar, Belfast,in July. Photo: PA

As of midnight tonight—or tomorrow; I’m never really sure how that works—marriage equality will be legalised, and abortion will be decriminalised in Northern Ireland. It feels rather strange to write those sentences as fact and not optimistic fiction, but here we are. I have been involved with the campaign to bring marriage equality to Northern Ireland since 2011, before the coalition government in Westminster introduced it in England and Wales, and now, six years later,…

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