High Court in Northern Ireland upholds same-sex marriage ban

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Well, this is very disappointing!

Northern Ireland’s High Court has ruled to uphold the UK nation’s ban on same-sex marriages after two landmark court challenges were thrown out.

The first case was brought forward to challenge Northern Ireland Assembly’s refusal to bring same-sex marriage into legislation in the country.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) issued petitions of concern to veto all legislation on the issue, despite Assembly Members voting for equal marriage back in 2015.

The second case is fighting against the ‘downgrading’ of same-sex marriages that are held in England, Scotland and Wales, to civil partnerships in Northern Ireland.

That case was brought forward by a same-sex couple who got married in England in 2014 but have now moved to Northern Ireland.

However, Mr Justice O’Hara rejected both cases, saying that the country’s failure to recognise same-sex marriages did not violate the rights of LGBT couples who live there, reports The Independent.

Delivering the ruling at the High Court in Belfast, O’Hara said it was up to the Stormont Assembly to decide social policy in Northern Ireland.

It comes as a disappointing blow to LGBT campaigners in the country, who had hoped a landmark ruling could help pave the way for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland remains the only nation within the United Kingdom to not recognise same-sex marriage as a legal union.