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Carrickfergus couple call on PM to bring marriage equality to Northern Ireland

Carrickfergus couple Jayne Robinson and Laura McKee have been together for 6 years. Credit: Pacemaker

A lesbian couple from Carrickfergus have launched an online petition calling for Theresa May to bring marriage equality to Northern Ireland.

Jayne Robinson and Laura McKee have been together for six years and want to get married.

Jayne says: "Just like most other couples in a long-term, committed relationship, we want to get married. At the moment our politicians are stopping us."

With devolution suspended and Westminster increasingly taking the decisions, we want Theresa May to act now to bring Northern Ireland’s marriage laws into line with those in the rest of the UK.

– Jayne Robinson

The online petition was signed by 5,000 people in the first 24 hours.

“The Prime Minister has recently said that she supports equal marriage rights for couples in Northern Ireland. Now Laura and I are asking her to prove it," says Jayne.

Northern Ireland remains the only part of the UK that has not legalised same-sex marriage.

The Republic of Ireland made history in May 2015 when marriage equality was brought about by a referendum.

The campaign is being supported by the Love Equality campaign for civil marriage equality in Northern Ireland and LGBT rights organisation, All Out.