About 70 same-sex couples have staged a mass commitment ceremony in Manchester as part of the Manchester Pride festival.

All of the couples received a “marriage” certificate from organisers.

Manchester Metropolitan Church reverend Andy Braunston officiated.

“The ceremony was a chance to celebrate our love and campaign for the right to marry so that we are treated equally,” Braunston told the BBC.

“After all, love is not discriminatory.”

The British parliament is currently debating a Civil Par

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