FLASH: Northern Ireland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
Northern Ireland has legally recognized same-sex marriage following amendments reached by the United Kingdom’s members of parliament.
From Monday, 13 January, same-sex couples will be able to register to marry in the country, and those who are already married will have their union recognised by law.
This brings Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK (England, Scotland and Wales) where same-sex marriages have been legal in since 2014.
The first same-sex weddings are expected to take place in February as couples have to indicate their intention to marry 28 days before doing so.
Same-sex marriage is legally practiced in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States,and Uruguay.