Gay rights advocates up and down the country are celebrating as marriage laws have finally changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.
As of 00:01 today, 29 March, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into effect, allowing same-sex couples in England and Wales to tie the knot.
Various couples had announced plans to wed immediately after midnight, while others………more
With Scotland allowing same sex marriages within a few months, Northern Ireland now remains the only region in the United Kingdom where gay men and women cannot marry.
John O’Doherty, chair of the Equal Marriage Northern Ireland Campaign said: “Equal marriage is about to become a reality in England and Wales. The Scottish Parliament has already voted overwhelmingly in favour of equal marriage and same-sex couples will be able to marry later this year.
“In the South of Ireland, a referendum is expected in the early part of 2015, and early opinion polls suggest a significant majority in favour. Twice before, an equal marriage motion has been debated in the Northern Ireland Assembly, losing by a small margin both times. We need to remind our political leaders and representatives that we do not want to be left behind in the march toward full legislative equality for LGB&/T people and their families.”
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