Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland's same sex-marriage ban prepared on Monday for a momentous change to the law at the stroke of midnight.
An overwhelming vote by British lawmakers in July to compel the government in London to overhaul the law if Belfast's devolved executive had not been restored by October 21.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where gay and lesbian couples cannot marry, after same-sex weddings were legalised in England and Wales in 2013 and in Scotland the following year. The first same-sex marriages in the Republic of Ireland took place in 2015, after the country voted for reform in a referendum.
A survey found almost 70% of people in Northern Ireland support same-sex marriage.
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