Protesters filled the streets of Belfast for a necessary cause
The organisers of the Love Equality campaign in Belfast are seeking to make sure same-sex marriage comes to Northern Ireland within Northern Irish Assembly's five year term.
Currently Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK that has refused to legalise same-sex marriage and is continuously falling behind on passing laws which help the LGBT community.
John O’Doherty of the Rainbow Project said: “Ever since the Yes vote in the Republic of Ireland, marriage equality has become a big political issue for many voters – straight and gay – in Northern Ireland.
“Last summer 20,000 people marched through Belfast demanding marriage equality, one of the biggest political demonstrations Northern Ireland has seen in years. Those people haven’t gone away.
“On 5 May they will be looking for candidates who promise to deliver equality for everyone.”
Couples who wish to be able to marry in Northern Ireland spoke at the launch, reports UTV.
Sally Bridge, 48, and Catherine Couvert, 53, who live in Belfast, were among the couples there.
Bridge said: “We’ve been together for 15 years and raised two sons, two cats and a dog together! We’re very proud of our family. We want young LGBT people to grow up in a world where they don’t feel like second class citizens and we want families like ours to have equal rights.”
With the Isle of Man approving same-sex marriage just last week, Northern Ireland is set to become the last country in the Isles to legalise it.