After months of waiting, the first gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry in Ireland from Monday 16th November. The final stage of the process, following the referendum on same-sex marriage, was for the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to sign the commencement order.
The government had pledged to permit weddings as soon as possible, but the plans were hit by delays due to a legal challenge to the ruling, and Parliamentary recess. However, after the Seanad passed the bill last week, and the President signed it on Thursday, all that is needed now is a commencement order from the justice minister.
Despite these delays, LGBT activists have praised those who fought to push the bill through as quickly as possible.
“Tribute must also be paid to national politicians in Ireland, as all the main political parties put aside their partisan differences to campaign for the greater goal of equality,” Evelyne Paradis of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association said in a statement.
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