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Same-sex marriage: Co Antrim couple among first to marry in Republic under new Irish law

Published 17/11/2015

Co Antrim couple Tony (right) and Darren Day on their wedding day. Photo: Colin Maxwell
Co Antrim couple Tony (right) and Darren Day on their wedding day. Photo: Colin Maxwell
Belfast man Darren and Lisburn man Tony held their wedding in County Monaghan. (File photo)

Co Antrim couple Tony and Darren Day are among the first to wed under the Republic of Ireland's new same-sex marriage law.

The same-sex marriage legislation came into effect in the Republic on Monday.

Co Antrim couple Tony (left) and Darren Day on their wedding day. Photo: Colin Maxwell
Co Antrim couple Tony (left) and Darren Day on their wedding day. Photo: Colin Maxwell

Belfast man Darren and Lisburn man Tony held their wedding in County Monaghan on Saturday and it was legally recognised on Tuesday, when a short ceremony made it official.

Tony's son eight-year-old Parker walked the couple up the aisle for a service in front of 220 guests.

Darren, whose surname was Baird, has taken his husband's surname after the marriage.

The couple said it is "a matter of time" until same-sex marriage is legalised in Northern Ireland.

A majority of Northern Ireland Assembly members voted in favour of same-sex marriage for the first time earlier this month.

But the motion was blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party.

Darren told BBC Northern Ireland: "In some ways our wee country is amazing; in other ways it's backward. It will happen some time."

Co Antrim couple Tony and Darren Day on their wedding day. Photo: Colin Maxwell
Co Antrim couple Tony and Darren Day on their wedding day. Photo: Colin Maxwell
Co Antrim couple Tony (left) and Darren Day on their wedding day. Photo: Colin Maxwell
Co Antrim couple Tony (left) and Darren Day on their wedding day. Photo: Colin Maxwell

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