Partner of murdered journalist Lyra McKee leads the rainbow demonstration in support of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

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Thousands of people are marching through central Belfast to ask for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

It has been estimated that around 10,000 supported the rally, which it was addressed by the partner of the murdered journalist Lyra McKee.

Sara Canning said: "We pay taxes, we are governed by the same laws, we live deeply and we love deeply – why shouldn't we have the same rights in marriage?

"Equal marriage is not a green or orange problem, a request from one party or another and should not be a political football.

"Homosexual couples come from every single political, religious, cultural and racial context.

"A vote that goes through an equal marriage would not be a" victory "for any party, it would be a victory for all parties".

Ms. Canning and Ms. McKee were planning to get married, but they would have to do it over the border of the Republic.

She Last Friday at ITV News the couple had no idea what their marital status would be if Lyra had lived to see the big day, since gay marriage is not recognized in the North.

Before the demonstration, Ms. Canning revealed that she challenged the Prime Minister on the issue when she attended Mrs McKee's funeral in Belfast last month, urging Theresa May to intervene and legislate on marriage laws above the head of the # 39 Stormont collapsed assembly.

Ms McKee, a 29-year-old journalist and author, was killed by dissident republicans as he observed the riots in Londonderry on 18 April.

The region's ban on same-sex marriage is a major controversy in the heart of power-sharing impedance in Northern Ireland, with democratic unionists resisting Sinn Fein's demands for a change in the law.

The socially conservative DUP is firmly against any redefinition of the law, insisting that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

A majority of MLA was in favor of lifting the ban when the issue first came to the Assembly in November 2015, but the DUP triggered a controversial voting mechanism – the petition of concern – to block it.

The death of Mrs McKee has injected new momentum into political efforts to resolve the impasse at Stormont, with the British and Irish governments convening a new process of talks in the hope of resolving disputes on same-sex marriage and other points key, like the Irish language legislation.

The rally was organized by the Love Equality campaign – an umbrella group composed of organizations that support a change in the law, such as Amnesty International and the LGBT health advocacy group of the Rainbow Project.

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