The Guardian reports:
Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are planning legal action over government delays in converting civil partnerships into marriages.
Civil partnerships cannot be dissolved within their first two years in Northern Ireland and can only subsequently end on the grounds of separation, unreasonable behaviour or desertion.
As the law stands, the 1,200 couples in Northern Ireland who already have civil partnerships will not be able to convert to full married status in the new year. Legal action is being prepared to challenge the delays.