Same Sex Marriage Just Became Officially Legal In Northern Ireland
"Everyone who values equality, love and respect can celebrate today"
Feeling a little blue this Monday morning? Well, we have news that’s sure to brighten up even the dullest of Mondays.
As of today, same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will now be able to register to marry.
Julian Smith, The British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland signed the regulations into law back in October. This means that the first ceremonies will take place from February onwards.
For couples already married, it means that their marriage will now be legally recognised in Northern Ireland, however for those already in a civil partnership, they will not be able to convert it to a marriage.
Marriage Equality is now legal in Northern Ireland. Massive congratulations to all of the activists who have spent decades campaigning for this human right! 🌈
— WSLobbyistNI (@WSLobbyistNI) January 13, 2020
The road to equality has been long for the people of Northern Ireland, as back in July of 2019 the UK government voted to introduce the amendment into law.
As a result of the changes, abortion has also become legal in NI, with legislation for terminations expected to be completed by April. While the country waits for this to take effect, women are being offered free transport to avail of abortion services in the UK.
Speaking BBC News, Labour MP Conor McGinn said that the day is momentous for both Irish and UK history:
“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 continued.
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