‘Only a Matter of Time’ Before Northern Ireland Legalises Gay Marriage


Ireland’s first openly gay leader, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, made a comment at Belfast’s gay pride event on Saturday 6 August, stating that it is “only a matter of time” before gay marriage is legalised in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland currently remains as the only place within the British Isles when gay marriage is still prohibited.

A vote back in 2015 legalised gay marriage within the republic of Ireland.

The ban has been one significant issue that has prevented the restoration of the Catholic-Protestant government within Northern Ireland.


The Democratic Unionists, Northern Ireland’s biggest British Protestant party and key partner to British Prime Minister, Theresa May’s government, has resisted same-sex marriage.

The Catholic nationalist Sinn Fein supports it.