Credit: Justin Kernoghan/Amnesty International

First same-sex wedding in Northern Ireland takes place and it’s beautiful

The first same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has taken place earlier this week.

Belfast couple Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, made their wedding vows at 2pm on Tuesday, February 11th in a hotel in Carrickfergus.

Amnesty International and the Love Equality campaign led the movement for equal marriage in Northern Ireland, which culminated in the historic law change last year.

Same-Sex marriage could legally take place in Northern Ireland from Monday, February 10th.

Credit: Justin Kernoghan/Amnesty International

Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland Director of Amnesty International, said: “This is a moment Northern Ireland will remember forever – this is the day love became equal in the eyes of the law.

“Robyn and Sharni’s love story has become the tale of a successful fight for equality.

“This is a historic occasion of which we can all be proud. As of today, Northern Ireland is a more equal, loving and happy place.”  

A parliamentary event to celebrate the first marriage took place on Wednesday, February 12th.

It was attended by Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith MP, Conor McGinn MP, Lord Hayward, Amnesty UK Director Kate Allen and couples who have been involved in the equal marriage campaign.

Sara Canning – partner of Lyra McKee, the journalist who was tragically killed in Derry last April – also gave a speech.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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