Election 2017: Damian Green appointed first secretary of state as May begins cabinet reshuffle – live

11 Jun

With a Stormont talks deadline of 29 June to decide on devolution or direct rule for Northern Ireland, campaigners will call for whichever government is in charge to deliver equal marriage legislation for Northern Ireland, in line with overwhelming public opinion in the region.

An Ipsos Mori poll in June 2016 showed 70% of the Northern Ireland public support marriage equality legislation. A significant majority of MLAs in the recently elected assembly have also expressed their support for a change in the law. The DUP has previously used the ‘petition of concern’ in the Northern Ireland assembly to block progress on equal marriage despite majority support.

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