Conservative peer Lord Robert Hayward has renewed efforts to bring marriage equality to Northern Ireland.
Lord Hayward has proposed an amendment to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill, due for debate in the House of Lords on Friday (1 February), which would extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland has not had a functioning devolved administration since January 2017, when relations between the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin broke down.
Lord Hayward’s amendment allows for the scenario in which the devolved government returns to power. A clause included in the amendment would give the Northern Ireland Assembly six months to overturn the equal marriage provision after the bill becomes law.