Thousands of same-sex marriage supporters have taken to the streets of Belfast to demonstrate their support for equal marriage rights in Northern Ireland.
The rally marks three years since the Republic of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of equal marriage rights.
Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the British Isles which still denies same-sex couples the right to marry. LGBT rights in NI are currently in limo despite overwhelming public support and in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
During the most recent vote in November 2015, MLAs supported same-sex marriage, with a slim majority of 53 votes to 52.
However, it was blocked by the DUP using a measure known as a petition of concern.
Posting on social media ahead of the Love Equality NI rally, Labour MP Conor McGinn who is originally from South Armagh said: “I’m looking forward to traveling from sunny St Helens across to Belfast for the Love Equality rally this Saturday.
“We can’t guarantee the weather but we can guarantee a great day, a really important cause championing the rights of LGBT people in Northern Ireland.”
Earlier this month the St Helens Member of Parliament urged Theresa May’s Conservative, DUP backed government to “get of the fence” and support change ahead of the second reading of a private members bill calling for introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
Marches also took place in Northern Ireland’s second largest city Derry/Londonderry.
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