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Barnardo's voices support for NI same-sex marriage

It comes ahead of the Pride festival this weekend. Credit: Press Eye

Barnardo’s has backed same-sex marriage in northern Ireland, becoming the first children’s charity here to do so.

It made the announcement on Wednesday in the run up to Belfast’s Pride parade this weekend.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where same-sex marriage is not recognised.

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Barnardo’s, which has in the past supported campaigns elsewhere in the UK and Republic of Ireland, said marriage equality “should be a right for all”.

Director of Barnardo's NI Lynda Wilson added: “Our support for same sex couples to marry reflects Barnardo's core belief that every person is different but equal and everyone's unique worth should be recognised.

"We work and live in a diverse and multicultural environment which Barnardo's embraces and promotes.

"Marriage equality legislation has been passed in the rest of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, across western Europe, the USA and Australia and we hope that Northern Ireland will soon follow, giving same sex couples the right and freedom to marry if they so wish."