A Faith group has attended a Belfast rally calling for same sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
Faith in Marriage Equality (FiME) spokesman Dr Richard O’Leary said he hoped “our politicians and our Catholic and Protestant church leaders will recognise that more and more ordinary people of faith support marriage equality and would like their leaders to make a compassionate and generous response”.
He added that “there is a growing demand that Northern Ireland follow both the rest of the UK and the rest of Ireland and extend civil marriage to same sex couples”.
On Saturday up to 400 people took part in the rally outside Belfast City Hall.
Speakers at the event outside Belfast City Hall included People Before Profit Alliance councillor Gerry Carroll, Green Party councillor Ross Brown, Malachi O’Hara from the Rainbow Project and Rev Chris Hudson from All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church on Elmwood Avenue in south Belfast.
Hitting out at the position of churches across Ireland in relation to same sex marriage, Rev Hudson said: “They advised the Irish people to vote no as it went against their teachings and the Irish people said, ‘If you don’t mind reverend gentlemen and reverend ladies, we won’t take your advice on this one”, and they went out and showed absolute solidarity with the LGBT community by voting yes.
“This is not an issue between people of faith and the LBGT community and don’t let any fundamentalist Christians tell you that’s true.”
Amnesty International, the Rainbow Project and Irish Congress of Trade Unions are organising a march calling for same sex marriage to be implemented in Northern Ireland at Writer’s Square in Belfast at 2.30 pm on June 13.