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Same-sex marriage: Religious ceremonies to start in NI

Sep 2, 2020

By BBC News

The first same-sex religious marriages can be arranged in Northern Ireland from Tuesday.

It follows legislation introduced by the Northern Ireland Office in July.

There are, however, exemptions and protections for religious bodies that do not wish to conduct same-sex marriages.

Same-sex marriage has been legally recognised in NI since January but did not extend to ceremonies in churches or to religious bodies.

A consultation on extending that provision to religious same-sex marriages was opened by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and the new regulations are based on its results.

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