Politicians in Stormont have voted against same-sex marriage for the fourth time.
The Northern Irish Assembly was discussing same-sex marriage today, after three failed attempts to enact the law.
Today’s motion on equal marriage, proposed by Sinn Féin, failed by two votes, with 47 in favour and 49 against.
However, same-sex marriage continues to be blocked by the DUP, who used a “petition of concern” to ensure that the legislation would not pass even if it won a majority.
DUP Assembly member Peter Weir said: “This is not a serious debate. Clearly this motion is an attack on the symbolism of marriage and the institution of marriage and an attempt to redefine marriage.