From today (Mon 13 Jan), same-sex marriage is legally recognised in Northern Ireland, meaning that couples can register to marry, with the first ceremonies taking place in February.
The historic day has arrived as a result of MPs last summer backing an amendment requiring the government to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland if devolution wasn’t restored by 21 October 2019, which it wasn’t.
Commenting on the significance of today, Amnesty International’s Patrick Corrigan said: “For too long, LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland have been treated as second-class citizens. So, today is an incredible moment for same-sex couples who can finally marry and have their relationships recognised as equal."
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