Stormont denies us a third time

For the third time in two years, the Northern Ireland Assembly has voted down a motion to introduce same-sex marriage there – now the one part of the UK not to have legislated for it.

The proposal was defeated by 51 to 43, almost exactly the same result as when it was last debated a year ago. The vote went largely along party lines with Sinn Fein and the SDLP, and non-sectarian parties like the Alliance tending to support the measure, but the Unionist parties strongly against.