Marriage Bill 2015 signed into law
The first same-sex weddings will take place by November
Yesterday, the Marriage Bill 2015 was signed into law by the Presidential Commission. This means that marriages between two people of any sex are now fully legal and recognised in Irish law.
In May 2015, Ireland made history by becoming the first country in the world to legalise marriage equality by popular vote in a referendum. An overwhelming 62.1% of voters voted Yes in the referendum. The Yes campaign was led by a coalition of organisations including Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), Marriage Equality and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL). A large part of the referendum’s success has been attributed to the mobilisation of young people, who supported the Yes campaign in unprecedented numbers.
Having signed The Gender Recognition Bill into law in July, Ireland is now considered to be a leader in legislative rights for LGBTQ people.
I’m in a same sex relationship and want to get married
The process is pretty simple. GLEN have put together the below graphic to explain exactly how to enter into a same-sex marriage in Ireland:
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said that the first same-sex weddings in Ireland will take place as soon as mid November.