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Northern Ireland legalises same-sex marriage


Same sex marriage

The last of the British 4 Northern Ireland, announces that same-sex marriage is now legal in a Westminster Bill to change the law.

The law came into force on Monday 13 January 2020 with same-sex couples now allowed to register to marry in the country, and those who are already married will have their union recognized by law.

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The first same-sex weddings are expected to take place in February as couples have to indicate their intention to marry 28 days before getting married.

The new law brings Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK including England, Scotland and Wales who all made same-sex marriages legal since 2014.

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Speaking to BBC News NI, Mr McGinn said:

“Everyone who values equality, love and respect can celebrate today.”

“It’s a good day for Northern Ireland, an important day for citizens’ rights across these islands and an exciting day for same-sex couples who can now register to marry,” he said.

Patrick Corrigan from Amnesty International said it was a “historic day for equality and human rights in Northern Ireland.”