Playwright Martin Lynch will take centre stage in Belfast on Friday evening as he officiates at the wedding of a lesbian couple as part of Culture Night.

The 66-year-old writer, director and producer is set to lead the vows for Gemma and Stacy Fitzner Hutton, a same-sex couple due to ‘marry’ as part of the Culture Night in Belfast.

Hundreds are expected at the event, the Big Fat Gay Wedding, a creative protest against the ban on equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland.

The happy couple will be in full bridal dress and the ceremony will feature live organ music versions of famous Abba and Kylie songs and a reading by local drag artiste Nina Werk.

Martin Lynch explained his reasons for being part of the event:

“The Big Fat Gay Wedding is a joyous, subversive way of saying to the people in the Big House at Stormont that everyone in this society deserves equality. That’s why I leapt at the chance to be part of this event.

“We’ve come a long way in this city. Personally I remember, as a stupid teenager fifty years ago, being involved in a physical attack on a gay man in Belfast – ‘rolling a queer’ is what we called it. I look back and I can’t believe the sheer ignorance of it all.

“We all know better now. I have written and directed plays with really strong gay characters and I hope I have played my part in giving the LGBT community a voice in Irish theatre.

“But gay people still aren’t treated equally by this society. It should be a matter of great shame and embarrassment to Northern Ireland that we are the only place left in these islands without equal marriage rights. I want to play my part in ending that injustice. Culture Night is a great opportunity to communicate the Love Equality message in a really fun way.”

Note: The Big Fat Gay Wedding will take place in St Anne’s Square, Belfast on Friday 16th September 2016, 8pm. It is organised by Love Equality, the campaign for civil marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

Martin Lynch and campaign spokespeople are available for interview by arrangement

Contacts: Stephen Donnan – 07761 762400