In some wonderful, positive news, the first ever same-sex couple to get married in Northern Ireland had their wedding today. 26-year-old Robyn Peoples and 27-year-old Sharni Edwards from Belfast said their vows this afternoon, making history as the first LGBTQ+ couple to do so. They've been together for six years, and say they didn't set out to make history, they're simply "a couple in love"
The law was changed last year allowing couples of the same-sex to marry after a huge equal marriage campaign from Love Equality and Amnesty International. And just look at the pics, so cute can't cope.
Same-sex couples were able to get married legally as of yesterday (February 10). Ahead of their big day, the couple spoke about feeling "overwhelmed".
“We’re so excited for our wedding day. It’s a big day for us, but an even bigger day for equal rights in Northern Ireland," Sharni said. “Robyn and I have been together for six years but the campaign for marriage equality has been going longer. It’s thanks to everyone who has campaigned that next week we’ll be making our vows to each other – equal to other couples in the eyes of the law.”
Robyn added, “We did not set out to make history. We’re just a couple in love, who want to make a life-long commitment through marriage. Now the law finally allows us to do this. We want to thank everyone who made this day possible - the Love Equality campaign, the thousands who marched in Belfast and beyond, and the MPs in Westminster who changed the law. Together we’ve made history - it’s quite overwhelming.”
“This is what our campaign has been all about – love and equality. We could not be happier for Sharni and Robyn, and all the other couples who will follow them down the aisle," said Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland Director of Amnesty International.
“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.”
And tonight, to celebrate the first marriage, a parliamentary event will take place. Sara Canning - the partner of Lyra McKee, the journalist who was killed in Derry last April - will give a speech to MPs and visitors.
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