Marriage equality has arrived in Northern Ireland at long last, with couples able to register beginning this Monday, January 13, and the first ceremonies slated to commence next month. Additionally, same-sex couples in Northern Ireland who are already married will now have those marriages recognized by their government.
Northern Ireland was the last remaining region in the U.K. where same-sex marriage was not legal, but Parliament ruled last October to legalize both marriage equality and abortion.
“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,” Labour MP Conor McGinn 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,” reads an Amnesty International statement.
Supporters around the globe also chimed in on social media to celebrate the historic day.
Marriage equality is now the law of the land in Northern Ireland! ❤️https://t.co/hRr2v622bM
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 13, 2020
The last 24 hours have been historic for Northern Ireland moving on. I need to give my deepest thanks to my @dfatirl team for months of work. #NewDecadeNewApproach is their deal (Hopefully their families haven’t changed the locks when they get home tonight). pic.twitter.com/VCIoqHCIra
— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) January 10, 2020
Congratulations to the people of Northern Ireland.
From today same-sex marriage is now legal throughout the UK & the island of Ireland.
The law officially changed overnight.
Well done to all of those who campaigned so long & hard to make this possible. pic.twitter.com/vecNhMJTQo
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) January 13, 2020
I wholeheartedly congratulate the parties in Northern Ireland for reaching an agreement to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland. This is an extremely positive development for the people of Northern Ireland. #NewDecadeNewApproach
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) January 10, 2020
Overjoyed to see Northern Ireland finally recognize marriage equality. ❤️
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 13, 2020
Delighted that same-sex marriage has become legal in Northern Ireland! I've long called for marriage equality as I believe people in NI should have the same rights as the rest of the UK. Congratulations to everyone who has campaigned on this. Today is a great day for equality☺
— Dawn Butler MP✊ (@DawnButlerBrent) January 13, 2020
An historic moment for Northern Ireland as same-sex marriage is legalised! ️
“It's a good day for Northern Ireland, an important day for citizens’ rights across these islands & an exciting day for same-sex couples who can now register to marry.”https://t.co/hivAX9w7po
— Manchester Pride (@ManchesterPride) January 14, 2020
Congratulations Northern Ireland for legalizing same sex marriage. Here's hoping Nepal will soon follow suit. pic.twitter.com/1PRy9tg4GB
— Amnesty International Nepal (@amnestynepal) January 14, 2020
Today’s a historic day for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland who finally have the chance to say ‘I do’. This moment is a testament to the tireless campaigning of LGBT people and organisations like @Love_EqualityNI. #ComeOutForLGBThttps://t.co/dXqEnCn5WC
— Stonewall (@stonewalluk) January 13, 2020
Same-sex marriage has now finally been recognised in Northern Ireland – a huge victory for equality throughout the UK.
— Dominic Buxton (@DominicBuxton) January 13, 2020
Today’s good news is the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
It’s really a shame it took the collapse of Stormont to see it happen. Thank you to the Westminster MPs who voted it through.
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) January 13, 2020
It’s official! Same sex marriage now legal in Northern Ireland ♥️️ https://t.co/Bb5KSd2IoB
— Birmingham Pride (@BirminghamPride) January 13, 2020
From today, same-sex couples are finally able to marry in Northern Ireland. The first ceremonies are set to begin in February and those who were already married will have their full marriage recognised. We love to see it. #lovewins ️ pic.twitter.com/2KXZChUcRA
— Pride in London (@PrideInLondon) January 13, 2020
From today, same sex marriage is now legally recognised across all of the United Kingdom
Congratulations to all our friends in Northern Ireland who can officially marry whoever they like! A great achievement for equality, across all four parts of our nation
— TRG (@ToryReformGroup) January 13, 2020
Pretty delighted that I have to unpin this post from 2018 now that Northern Ireland has #equalmarriage. It’s ten years since @PinkNews started to properly campaign for same-sex marriage in England and Wales and I’m so happy that a decade on it will be a reality across UK ️ pic.twitter.com/d6AcCT3Ofr
— Benjamin Cohen (@benjamincohen) January 13, 2020
Amazing news that it’s now legal in Northern Ireland to have a same sex marriage! ️ pic.twitter.com/FtWO3S7oCd
— Pride in the UK (@PrideintheUK) January 13, 2020
— Tom Knight (@TJ_Knight) January 13, 2020
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) January 13, 2020