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Northern Irish activists have waited long enough—it’s time for Westminster to force equal marriage

A backbench push wouldn't only give long-overdue rights to same-sex couples in Northern Ireland—it could actually help the DUP and Theresa May. Allow me to explain...

By Adam McGibbon  

Gay couples kiss outside the Gaeity Theatre in Dublin—but will politicians push equal marriage for Northern Ireland, too? Photo: PA

Following last week’s collapse of the talks to restore the democratic institutions in Northern Ireland, a return to ‘Direct Rule’ looms. Owen Smith, Labour shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, has urged Theresa May to ‘take forward equal marriage’ for the one part of the UK where LGBT people are denied this civil right. On Wednesday, Labour’s Conor McGinn—who is from Northern Ireland—said that he would be prepared to introduce a Private…

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