Thursday, 10 December 2015 22:39

Two LGBT Couples Obtain Authorization To Continue To Challenge The Equal Marriage Ban In Northern Ireland

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We saw several months ago that two same-sex couples were trying to launch a legal challenge to repeal the marriage equality ban in Northern Ireland. Good news! They come to the right to do so!

Northern Ireland remains the last country in the UK to not yet have legalized marriage equality, despite numerous attempts, five in all, which were all rejected by the Assembly.

So one solution: to try to repeal the ban by launching a legal challenge.

For now all starts well since the authorization was obtained. It remains to be seen what will be the decision of the court. The case will be heard at the High Court in Belfast by judge Treacy. In July, an Ipsos Mori poll showed that 68% of people in Northern Ireland are in favor of legalization of equal marriage. Let's hope that the judge take that into account.

"Success in this case could have positive implications for thousands of other couples in Northern Ireland," said Patrick Corrigan, director of Amnesty International's program in Northern Ireland.

"Following the repeated failure of the Northern Ireland assembly to legislate for marriage equality, couples have been forced into the courtroom to demand equal treatment before the law.

"It is unacceptable that they have been obliged to sue the government in order to have what the rest of society takes for granted – for the state to recognise their right to get married."

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