Legal Challenge to Northern Ireland's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A couple who were married in England are making a legal challenge at Belfast's High Court today, because their same-sex marriage is not recogised in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland remains the only country in the United Kingdom with a gay marriage ban. The highest legal recognition a gay couple can have there is as civil partners
The couple behind the challenge believe the law not only downgrades their marriage, it devalues it. 

Of course, Northern Ireland isn't unique in this position. Many countries where same-sex marriage remains prohibited will not recognise marriages made abroad. One notable exception to this is MaltaMalta recognises overseas marriages even though gay marriage isn’t legal there yet. 
This is the latest high-profile legal challenge to the ban. Since the Republic of Ireland legalised equal marriage via public vote back in May, Northern Ireland has been under increasing pressure from LGBT campaigners. Individuals, too, have initiated legal action against what they believe to be unacceptable discrimination on the grounds of sexuality. Next month, another couple (one of the first to receive a civil partnership in Northern Ireland) will be in court for a judicial review after they too challenged the country’s equal marriage ban.
Despite increasing support among the general public, there has been little progress in Parliament. The DUP has consistently and successfully blocked any attempt to change the law.

Here’s hoping that if the ban can’t be circumvented politically, that it can be successfully challenged in the law courts.  

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Who? A Wedding Guest Book with Personality

Can’t buy me love? The cost of a date night in the UK and around the world

For Better Not Worse: Modern Alternatives to Outdated Wedding Traditions

Survey Reveals the Most Places to Propose in 2019

A Valentine’s Date Idea Flowchart to Solve all Your Planning Problems

Gay Wedding Readings: How to Pick the Best One

Gay Friendly Wedding Venues: Craig Y Nos Castle

Paperless Post & Awesome Electronic Wedding Invitations

Pride Month: LGBT Foster Carers

The 5 Easy Steps to an Eco-friendly Wedding