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Northern Ireland Assembly rejects gay marriage motion

A proposal to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in Northern Ireland has been rejected by the Assembly.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in the UK since March. Credit: PA

Members of the Assembly voted 51 to 43 against the Sinn Fein motion, the third time the matter has been brought to a vote.

The Democratic Unionists tabled a contentious voting mechanism ahead of the debate, meaning the motion could only pass if a majority of both unionists and nationalists supported it.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK without marriage rights and Amnesty International has warned there could be a legal challenge.