Here come the brides in Northern Ireland's first same-sex marriage
Belfast couple Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, are the first gay couple to wed in the province.
Sharni Edwards, 27, and Robyn Peoples, 26, a Belfast couple who are the first known same-sex couple to get married in Northern Ireland, kiss after being married in Carrickfergus on Feb. 11, 2020.Phil Noble / Reuters
CARRICKFERGUS, Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland’s first same-sex wedding took place on Tuesday after the government lifted a ban on gay marriage in the province, marking legalization of the practice throughout the United Kingdom.
Robyn Peoples, 26, a health care worker from the city, and Sharni Edwards, 27, a waitress originally from Brighton, became the province’s first gay couple to wed, according to the Love Equality campaign group.
The women exchanged their vows in Carrickfergus, County Antrim on their sixth anniversary as a couple.
Britain’s Northern Ireland Minister Julian Smith, members of parliament and campaigners will celebrate the legalization of gay marriage at an event in London later on Tuesday.
Sara Canning, the partner of murdered author Lyra McKee, who was shot dead by a New IRA gunman in Londonderry last year, will also attend the London event.
“It means the absolute world,” Edwards said, when asked what it meant to be champions for the lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual and queer (LGBTQ) community in Northern Ireland, who have long campaigned for equal rights.
“If it wasn’t for them guys we would not be standing here right now so we just want to say thank you to everyone who’s marched, signed petitions and helped us to get to this stage.”