Gay marriage court battle to begin

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Amnesty International has welcomed the start of a court challenge which is attempting to make gay marriage legal in Northern Ireland.

The High Court will on Friday begin hearing the case brought by two gay couples, which comes after the Stormont Assembly repeatedly voted to reject attempts to change the law in the Province.

Amnesty claimed that Northern Ireland “stands in clear contravention of international human rights standards which specify that countries must not discriminate with regards to the right to marry and found a family on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity”.

The left-wing lobby group said that politicians elected by the people of Northern Ireland “have made this region a discriminatory backwater for the gay and lesbian community by repeatedly failing to legislate for marriage equality”.