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First Same-Sex Couple Marry In Northern Ireland After Legalized It

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First Same-Sex Couple Marry In Northern Ireland After Legalized It

Live the dream, Sharni & Peoples!

A same-sex couple in Northern Ireland recently walked down the aisle. Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, tied the knot in the first-ever same-sex marriage in County Antrim following a major change in the law in January.

The newly-weds decided to get married on their 6-year anniversary and were initially planning to get a civil partnership, having agreed on the date before Westminster MPs supported the new legislation last summer.

Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, tied the knot in the first-ever same-sex marriage in County Antrim following a major change in the law in January

‘Our love is personal, but the law which said we couldn’t tie the knot was quite political. In the end, we are delighted that with our wedding, we can boldly say those days are finally over. With the campaign ending with Sharni and I saying I do, it started with people saying ‘NO’ to Inequality. Standing together, we’ve made history.’ Ms. People, a care worker from Belfast said.

‘With the campaign ending with Sharni and I saying I do, it started with people saying ‘NO’ to Inequality. Standing together, we’ve made history’

Also speaking, Ms. Edwards, a waitress from Brighton added: ‘We feel humbled that our dream wedding is a landmark for equal rights in Northern Ireland. We didn’t come out to make history, we just fell in love. We are grateful to the thousands of people who marched for freedoms, to the Love Equal Campaign who led the way and to the politicians who voted the change. Without you all, our union wouldn’t have been possible. We are forever grateful.’

‘We are grateful to the thousands of people who marched for freedoms, to the Love Equal Campaign who led the way and to the politicians who voted the change’

Nevertheless, same-sex marriage was legalized in six countries despite a long and high profile campaign for reform. It was legalized in Scotland, Wales, and England in 2014, But Northern Ireland declined to follow suit then.

Officially, the law changed on January 13th in Northern Ireland and couples are expected to register their weddings at least 28days beforehand.

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