Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland are still waiting to marry
BELFAST, Northern Ireland — A year ago the Republic of Ireland made history, becoming the first country in the world to legislate for same-sex marriages, but across the border in Northern Ireland couples are still waiting
“You’re standing with your face up against the glass at your counterparts in the South,” says 30-year-old Shane Sweeney, originally from County Fermanagh
On May 22, 2015, 62% of people in the Republic of Ireland backed the extension of civil marriage rights to same-sex couples — it was a bittersweet day for many in Northern Ireland’s LGBTQ community.
“It’s a sign of the times when we’re taking social cues from the South,” says Sweeney, pointing to the how the Irish Republic was once defined as a strikingly “Catholic Country” based on its religiously-infused laws and customs, particularly on social issues. Read more…