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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou Mc Donald said last month that when a deal for power-sharing was on the table, marriage equality was not included in the so-called “draft” agreement.
Speaking at the event in Washington, Mc Donald said the people in Northern Ireland should have freedom of equality – and this should include marriage equality.
LGBT rights campaigner John O’Doherty said: “Love wins. “Being part of this historic campaign over the last eight years is the most important and affirming thing I have ever done — besides marrying my husband.” The Rainbow Project director said: “Growing up in Maghera I never thought I would see a time where same sex couples would be, not only accepted, but celebrated in Northern Ireland.
“Today’s important victory is shared with our community, allies and supporters.” The abortion and equal marriage commitments in the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill will now become law by October 21st this year, unless the Northern Ireland Executive has been re-established by that date.
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