Same-sex couple Shannon Sickles (left) and Grainne Close arrive at Belfast High Court for their  case against the ban on gay marriage in Northern Ireland, December 3rd, 2015. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two gay couples barred from getting married in Northern Ireland have suffered no grave breach of their human rights, the High Court heard on Friday. (...)

Something to chuckle about: the DUP, with 38 of 55 designated unionist seats, can veto any measure it doesn’t fancy. Photograph: David Sleator

On December 19th, 2005, Grainne Close and Shannon Sickles emerged from Belfast City Hall with a hop and a skip into crisp winter sunshine and a blizza(...)