FIVE same sex marriages are registered to take place in Limerick this December, following the introduction of the Marriage Act last month.
The Civil Registration Office in Limerick has confirmed that since the act came into effect on November 16 – after the historic referendum allowing same sex couples to wed – one same sex marriage took place on November 27, with another five scheduled for December.
Five ceremonies involved couples who had previously registered a civil partnership and one ceremony involves a couple who changed their notice from civil partnership to marriage.
Three further notices had been received for civil partnership, but these couples have indicated that they would now like to marry instead next year, a spokesperson for the office told the Limerick Leader.
The last civil partnership registration took place in Limerick on November 26.
Up to October 31, the Civil Registration Service conducted 273 civil marriages and five civil partnerships in Limerick city and county.
The new act only applies to civil marriage, so any religious organisation or Irish church that objects to the new law will not be forced to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.
More than 62% voted in favour of same-sex marriage during the May 23 referendum, which allowed Ireland to become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.
- If any sex same couple in Limerick would like to share the story of their big day, email firstname.lastname@example.org