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Gay marriage takes effect in Ireland

Gay marriage takes effect in Ireland

Senator Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan will renew their vows in the new year.

More than 300 gay marriages are expected in Ireland in the next two weeks after the new marriage law comes into effect on Monday (16 Monday).

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald will sign the commencement order for the Marriage Act 2015 at 2.15pm, and the Irish Independent reported that gay marriages are planned in Dublin, Cork and Galway on Tuesday.

‘There are a lot of people who probably thought that this day would never arrive,’ MP and Yes campaigner Jerry Buttimer told the newspaper.

‘But it is a wonderful endorsement of a modern, inclusive and caring Ireland that this day is finally here.’

The order comes six months after the Ireland become the first country to legalize gay marriage by referendum, with 62.1% of voters in favor of allowing marriage between two people ‘without distinction as to their sex.’

Gay marriages registered abroad will be automatically be recognized, and the 2,054 couples who have entered civil partnerships can convert them into marriages with just a few days notice.

Senator Katherine Zappone, who lost a 2006 case to have her Canadian marriage to her wife recognized in Ireland, sent her love and best wishes to the other couples celebrating the recognition of their marriages.

‘The Marriage Act 2015 is now commenced. We rejoice as our Canadian marriage is recognized,’ she tweeted.