The Republic of Ireland will soon bear witness to the first same-sex marriages within a matter of weeks, as the Marriage Act 2015 finally comes into effect.
Ireland’s new legislation, allowing same-sex marriage, will take effect from next Monday, November 16. Couples who already have a civil partnership, and wish to convert that into a marriage, will be able to do so from that date.
Other same-sex couples will be able to give three months’ notice to the State from that date, also.
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD of Fine Gael, will sign the commencement order for the Marriage Act later today, while the Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD, will also sign an accompanying regulation for the Civil Partnership Act 2004. This is the final act necessary for marriage equality to be fully legal and recognised in the Republic of Ireland.