Thousands of people took to the streets of Belfast this afternoon to participate and support the annual Belfast Pride festival.
The demand for the introduction of legislation to guarantee Civil Marriage Equality was high on today’s agenda.
The overwhelming support for a ‘Yes’ vote in the recent referendum on civil marriage equality in the Republic of Ireland means that Northern Ireland is the only region in these islands where same sex marriage is not recognised.
The Workers Party supports a legal challenge to end the unlawful discrimination which sees a same sex couple married in one part of the UK but that marriage not recognised in Northern Ireland.
A referendum would carry no legal obligation and it is unlikely, given its track record, that the Assembly will use its powers to introduce the necessary legislation. The size, mood and support given to today’s PRIDE march further underlines the fact that the attitudes of the main political parties in Northern Ireland are fundamentalist, conservative and out of touch.