Equal marriage campaigners will take to the streets of Belfast on Thursday (8 December) evening in a festive appeal for equality.

Activists from Love Equality, the campaign for equal civil marriage in Northern Ireland, will be in city centre Belfast with a ‘Big Gay Christmas Card’ which they will be asking members of the public to sign to “ask Santa for equality this Christmas”. The fun campaign is designed to enlist the support of Christmas shoppers and to spread a festive message of love which they hope will reach all the way to Stormont through the use of selfies and social media.

John O’Doherty of Love Equality said:

“Christmas is a time for families, for celebrating the time that we spend together and reflecting on the past year. We want to spread a message of equality and inclusion this Christmas. That is why we are asking people to get involved in the campaign for marriage equality and make a big impact by signing our huge Christmas card to ask Santa to bring us marriage equality for Christmas.”

Love Equality believes that civil marriage is a human right that should be extended to same sex couples in Northern Ireland, as already exists in the rest of the UK and Ireland. The campaign event is being staged as part of the annual Human Rights Festival.