“It’s Official!” The World Celebrates Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Ceremonies can begin next month.

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.

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