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Hi, I'm Whitney.

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And this is Newsround.

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This time last year

Billy Monger was being tipped

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as the next Lewis Hamilton.

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He was 17 and a star

of Formula four racing -

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but he had an accident in his car

last April and lost

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both his lower legs.

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But Billy is making a comeback.

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There was a slight moment when I

thought I would not drive again.

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It doesn't change the dream.

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The dream stays the same.

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I want to be an F1 driver.

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My mum is very nervous.

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If I don't do it,

what else am I going to

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do with my life?

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I need to make my life

into something positive.

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Billy is a very

special lad, for sure.

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Regardless of his injuries,

the level of control

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he's got now, for prosthetic

legs, is phenomenal.

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When you control the pedal normally

you do it all through

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the ankle, but with me,

because I haven't got ankles,

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the way I simply control

it is through my leg like this.

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I do a push motion instead

to control the car.

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Now, gay people can get married

everywhere in the UK apart

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from in Northern Ireland.

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Two women or two men have been able

to marry in England,

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Scotland and Wales since 2014 -

Martin's been speaking to people

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in Northern Ireland to find

out what they think.

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We're all just people

and we should have equal rights,

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no matter who we are.

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These kids set up this group

so there would be somewhere

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for people who are gay and straight

to chat about things

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that affect them.

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And one big issue that comes up

again and again is gay marriage,

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which isn't allowed in Northern

Ireland.

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I think it's old-fashioned and a bit

slow of the people making the laws.

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It's unfair, because when I'm older

and I do truly love someone

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and want to get married, it just

means that I can't really do that.

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If I could sit in front of people

that have the decision to change

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this, I would tell them,

"What are you doing?"

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Right now I shouldn't even be

here discussing why gay

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marriage isn't a thing,

because it should

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already be a thing here.

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There's like a lot of people

in our area who don't actually know

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that gay marriage still isn't legal

in Northern Ireland.

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Eventually it will change.

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I think we're just putting it off.

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But obviously it's going to happen.

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For Alice, there is another reason

why it's important to her that gay

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people should be able to marry.

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Her uncle is gay and lives

in the Republic of Ireland,

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where gay marriage is allowed,

after moving from Northern Ireland.

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How was it knowing that you couldn't

get married even if you wanted

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to in Northern Ireland?

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What it does do is it

tells you that you're not

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the same as everybody else -

you're not allowed the same

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freedoms as everybody else.

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And a lot of other people

in Northern Ireland want

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the laws to change.

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In a recent poll, over two thirds

of people here said they think gay

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marriage should be allowed.

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The biggest political party

here is called the DUP.

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And I'm just outside

their headquarters in Belfast.

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The DUP don't believe in gay

marriage, and that's a big reason

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why it hasn't happened

in Northern Ireland -

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unlike England, Wales and Scotland.

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Now we wanted to speak

to someone from the DUP,

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but no one wanted to be interviewed.

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But someone who would

speak to us was John.

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He is a Christian.

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He thinks that gay marriage is

against what his religion teaches.

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In the Bible I believe that marriage

is something that we didn't create -

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it's something that was given to us

as a gift by God.

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I think God suggests that

marriage is something

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between a man and a woman.

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I think it's important that

all people are treated well,

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all people are treated with dignity,

all people are respected,

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no matter their creed,

colour or sexual orientation.

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And I think that is fair.

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And finally, check out

these frozen cars.

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They're covered in ice

because of ridiculously low

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temperatures in Eastern Germany.

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Drivers spent hours

trying to defrost them.

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Icy winds are battering

the mountainous area

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of Saxony with everything

there covered in snow.

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And if you're a bit bored

tonight and fancy heading

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to Newsround online -

we have just the thing to make

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you laugh...

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A skateboarding dog!!!

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I'm not even joking!

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Plus take a look at the amazing

animal photos which are part

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of a national competition.

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That's it from me.

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Enjoy the rest of your day.

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Ricky's back with loads more great

stories in the morning.

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See ya!

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