Same-sex marriage is now legal in Northern Ireland
Religious and conservaticve leaders expressed their concern on the new legislation passed through in Westminster last year.
From Monday, same-sex couples will be able to register to marry, meaning the first ceremonies will take place in February, BBC reported yesterday.
The move marks the implementation of legislation passed through Westminster last year, which legalized both abortion and gay marriage. The implementation of the legislation brings the province in line with the rest of the United Kingdom, where gay marriage has been legal since 2014.
In July, the U.K. government declared that Northern Ireland’s laws on abortion and gay marriage were out of compliance with human rights regulations, and would have to change if the region’s own government didn’t intervene, The New York Times reported.
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