Two women from Belfast have become the first people ever to celebrate a same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, made history on Tuesday afternoon when they married at a hotel in Carrickfergus.

This event brings Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK. Same-sex marriages have been legal in England, Scotland and Wales since 2014. The discrepancy was able to continue for six years because same-sex marriage was an issue devolved to Stormont, the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27

Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27

The BBC reports:

Ahead of the ceremony, Ms Peoples, a care worker, said the pair were sending a message to the world that “we are equal”.

“Our love is personal but the law which said we couldn’t marry was political,” she said.

“We are delighted that with our wedding, we can now say that those days are over.

“While this campaign ends with Sharni and I saying ‘I do’, it started with people saying ‘No’ to inequality.

“By standing together, we’ve made history.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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