Belfast court told gay couple’s marriage is ‘devalued’ in NI

A gay couple's marriage has been "devalued" by the fact that it is not legally recognised when they are home in Northern Ireland, a court has heard.

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The couple, who were married in England last year, have begun a court challenge to Northern Ireland’s marriage laws.

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It is the only part of the UK and Ireland that bans same-sex marriage.

Their barrister said they were stripped of lawful marriage at home, with their rights “returning and disappearing” as they cross state lines.

The couple have taken a case at the High Court in Belfast in an attempt to get the court to declare that their marriage remains fully constituted throughout the UK.


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