Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal In Northern Ireland

Abortions and same-sex marriages are legal in Northern Ireland as of Tuesday this week, reports The Hill.

As the clock struck midnight, a series of legislation that the United Kingdom’s Parliament passed earlier this year went into effect in Northern Ireland, making same-sex marriage legal and extending abortion access to the country. 

Northern Ireland’s government is “devolved,” meaning that it can legislate independently from the British Parliament on some issues. But the governing body collapsed in 2017, and it has not been able to reform with a ruling party due to ongoing conflicts between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party, according to the Independent.

“We’re so proud to be surrounded by some of the people, couples and campaigners who have brought us to this point,” Love Equality NI, an LGBTQ marriage campaign, tweeted. “Thank you to everyone who has told their stories to help us reach this milestone.”