Northern Ireland’s Biggest Ever Same-Sex Marriage Protest Hits The Streets Of Belfast

The country had never seen anything like it. BuzzFeed News met the crowds demanding equality, including a 95-year-old woman who joined the march.

BELFAST – In dazzling sunshine, more than 10,000 people marched through city streets here Saturday to demand same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the only part of the United Kingdom where it remains illegal.

To the tribal beat of a band of drummers, and behind a huge yellow banner reading “TIME FOR EQUAL CIVIL MARRIAGE”, young and old, Catholic and Protestant, and gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people paraded from Buoy Park down Royal Avenue, chanting and cheering for equality.

Whistles blew in their thousands, the skyline punctuated by placards and banners from scores of grassroots organisations. “Love is a human right,” “Right to wed for all”, “homophobia is a social disease”, and “LGBT families deserve equality” declared the slogans as more and more joined the procession.