Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Same-sex marriage is legally recognised in Northern Ireland

Same-sex marriages have been allowed in England, Wales and Scotland since 2014, and the first same-sex marriages in the Republic of Ireland took place in 2015, but in Northern Ireland did not legalise them... until now! Marriage equality is finally the law of the land in Northern Ireland!

It’s been a complicated road for Northern Ireland to join the rest of the United Kingdom in legalizing same-sex marriage. But after the UK's Parliament stepped in following a collapse of the Northern Ireland government, the day when all could take part in legally recognized nuptials has been a certainty.

An amendment to the Northern Ireland Act 2019 makes clear the U.K. Parliament will determine the legality of marriages. The only way the act from Westminster could have been stopped was if a new Northern Ireland government formed by October 21 last year, which did not occur.

Beginning Monday morning, same-sex couples can register with the government and have their unions legally recognized. That means the first legal ceremonies can take place as soon as February 10. Northern Ireland also established recognition for civil partnerships.

Congrats Northern Ireland!!!

Love always win!!!

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