Stormont says “I do”… but still can’t

The devolved assembly for Northern Ireland has today voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.

It’s the fourth time in recent years that the Stormont Assembly has voted on the issue, and the first time that the vote has gone in favour – albeit by a narrow margin of 53 votes to 51.

However the Democratic Unionist Party blocked any further progress despite the vote in favour through a “Petition Of Concern”.

Northern Ireland for now remains an anachronistic oddity surrounded by Scotland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland each of which have now passed same-sex marriage into law.