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History made as Northern Ireland’s first same-sex wedding takes place

Love wins.

By Will Stroude

History is being made in Northern Ireland today (11 February) as the country’s first ever same-sex wedding takes place.

Sharni Edwards, 27, and Robyn Peoples, 26, will tie the knot today in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, in the first same-sex ceremony to take place in Northern Ireland since moves were made to legalise marriage equality last year.

The couple, who have been together for six years, had initially booked today’s ceremony as a civil partnership last year, before later changing it to a wedding following the law change.

It means their wedding will take place days before the first same-sex weddings were initially due to take place next week – cementing their place in the history books in the process.

Ahead of the wedding, Sharni and Robyn – who met in a gay bar in Belfast – posed for pictures in front of a mural in the city of Lyra McKee, the journalist and LGBTQ activist who was killed while observing rioting in Derry last year.


In a poignant coincidence, police today announced they had arrested four men in connection with former Attitude Pride Award winner Lyra’s killing.