Same-sex marriage has been officially signed into law in Ireland, five months after the nations historic referendum.
Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by way of a popular vote in May, with 62.1% in favor of the bill, which allows marriage between two people “without distinction as to their sex.”
Last week the marriage equality bill completed its committee stage and report stage at the Republic of Ireland’s upper house of Parliament (the Seanad), only requiring the bill to be signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.
The President’s Office confirmed in a statement that the marriage equality bill, legalising same-sex marriage was officially signed into law on Thursday 29th of October by President Michael D Higgins.
Senator Katherine Zappone described the bills passing as “a defining moment.”
“It is a deeply emotional moment for those of us who have campaigned for so long,’ she said in a statement.
“This victory truly belongs to the nation, it is a moment for us all.”
Irelands first same-sex weddings could take place in a few weeks time, once a commencement order from the justice minister is obtained.
Last Updated on Oct 31, 2015