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