A loved-up pair of ladies might well enter the history books after their nuptials took place in Northern Ireland this month.
A hotel in Carrickfergus, County Antrim was the venue for the first same-sex wedding to take place in Northern Ireland on February 11th, 2020. Originally, Sharni Edwards and Robyn Peoples the couple had planned to enter a civil partnership during the month of Valentines, but happily opted for marriage instead after the new law was announced.
The Belfast couple spoke to the BBC, as well as LGBT-focused online newspaper Pink News, expressing their heartfelt thanks to everyone who had pushed for the change in law by marching, emailing and petitioning. The legislation finally brings Northern Ireland into line with Wales, Scotland and England, where same-sex marriages have been permitted since 2014.
Currently, any Northern Ireland residents who are in civil partnerships cannot convert this to a marriage, but a consultation on the issue is due to commence later in 2020. The issue of same-sex marriage was up to the Northern Irish Assembly, as it was a matter devolved to Stormont.
The couple have been together ever since they met in a Belfast night club in 2014, and are so grateful that they can “finally marry”. Now adopting the surname Edwards-Peoples, the two have been inseparable since their chance meeting some six years ago, and finally being able to send wedding invitation cards to their nearest and dearest really is the icing on the cake.