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Belfast Demands Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage in Northern Ireland

“We pay our taxes, we are governed by the same laws, why should we not be afforded the same rights in marriage, says UK citizens

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A mural featuring journalist Lyra McKee, who was killed in April, allegedly by republican paramilitaries, is pictured in central Belfast, May 7, 2019. On Saturday, McKee's partner marched for same-sex marriage rights. VOA

Thousands of people marched through Belfast Saturday to demand the recognition of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the only region of the United Kingdom where it does not have legal status.

Attempts to legislate for same-sex marriage have been blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party, a key ally of British Prime Minister Theresa May, despite opinion polls in recent years showing most in the region are in favor.

Sara Canning, the partner of journalist and LGBT rights campaigner Lyra McKee who was killed in April, led the march alongside a number of gay and lesbian couples. Canning said that she and McKee had been planning to marry.

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“We pay our taxes, we are governed by the same laws, why should we not be afforded the same rights in marriage”, says UK. VOA

“We pay our taxes, we are governed by the same laws, why should we not be afforded the same rights in marriage” as the rest of the United Kingdom, said Canning, who was wearing a “Love Equality” T-shirt. Protesters waved rainbow flags and placards saying “Love is a human right.”

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Protesters called on May’s government to bypass the DUP and introduce legislation in the British parliament in Westminster. The Northern Ireland power-sharing government has been frozen for two years because of disagreement between the DUP and the largest Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein.

“If Stormont is incapable of delivering equality for people here, then it is the responsibility of the Westminster to end discrimination against the LGBT community,” Amnesty International spokesman Patrick Corrigan said. (VOA)

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Several Western Diplomats Attend Gay-Pride Parade in Kyiv

Organizers of the "March of Equality" have said that they expect 10,000 people to participate in the event on June 23

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Organizers of the "March of Equality" have said that they expect 10,000 people to participate in the event on June 23. RFERL

Thousands of supporters of LGBT rights are doing a gay-pride parade in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv under a heavy police presence.

Organizers of the “March of Equality” have said that they expect 10,000 people to participate in the event on June 23. Several Western diplomats are also attending the event.

​Police said that nine people were arrested on suspicion of preparing provocations against participants in the Kyiv Pride event.

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Gay Pride Procession. Pixabay

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Organizers have said that their goal is to promote “full respect” for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) minority.

The Pride parade has been held in Kyiv since 2016 amid protests by opponents, including right-wing activists and representatives of religious organizations. (RFERL)