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“Let us marry and you can come to the wedding” – gay couple issues invitation to Northern Ireland politicians on day of Assembly vote

On the day of the fifth vote on marriage equality in the Northern Ireland Assembly, Jayne Robinson and Laura McKee went to Stormont to pass out wedding invites, with one condition – you have to legalise it first. 

Jayne and Laura want to get married in Northern Ireland, in the company of their family and friends. However, the law in Northern Ireland means that the couples live in the only part of the UK where same-sex marriage is banned. One of the prospective brides, Jayne Robinson, said:

“I love Laura and I know she loves me. Just like most other couples in a long-term, committed relationship, we want to get married. At the moment our politicians are stopping us. We want them to take the politics out of our personal lives and give us the same rights as couples in the rest of the UK and Ireland.

“If the politicians pass a marriage equality law for Northern Ireland, we’ll invite them to our wedding! Sure even politicians must love an excuse to get dressed up, have a bit of a dance and some cake!”

You can read a full transcript of the Assembly debate here http://data.niassembly.gov.uk/HansardXml/plenary-02-11-2015.pdf