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Same-sex marriage 'a litmus test' for new Executive

Campaigners are calling for a firm commitment to deliver same-sex marriage before the next Northern Ireland Executive is formed.

A group made up of members of Amnesty International, the Irish Congress of Trade Union, the Rainbow Project and Cara Friend say a change in the law would be a 'litmus test' for any new Executive.

The Assembly backed equal marriage in 2015 but a DUP petition of concern blocked the motion.

In the new Assembly, the DUP do not have enough seats to mount a veto - but other unionists could join a pact to block the measure.

Declan Meehan from the Love Equality coalition said: "All of the people of Northern Ireland must be served by the incoming government - that includes the LGBT community.

"Before any new Executive is formed, there must be a firm commitment to deliver equal marriage legislation.

"Without that, we know it will be another five years of LGBT people being treated as second-class citizens of Northern Ireland."