Conor McGinn, a Northern Ireland-born Labour MP, writes for PinkNews as he tables a bill in the UK Parliament to bring marriage equality to the region.
Since equal marriage was approved in England and Wales in 2012, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Scotland and Ireland have followed suit in changing the law to allow same-sex couples to wed.
However, it is a different story in Northern Ireland. Thousands of people in the place where I was born and grew up are still denied a basic right – the right to get married to the person they love.
This is despite the Northern Ireland Assembly voting in favour of an equal marriage bill and every poll showing that equal marriage is supported by a majority of the public in Northern Ireland.