A Westminster bill calling for same sex marriage in Northern Ireland has passed its first parliamentary stage.
A marriage counselling service could be forced to close unless it accepts same-sex spouses.
The High Court in Belfast has today rejected a claim brought by a same-sex couple who got married in England and wanted to have their marriage legally recognised in Northern Ireland, and by two other couples who wished to challenge the failure of the Northern Ireland Assembly to legalise same-sex marriages.
British leader also says she understands why LGBT+ community is worried about DUP deal.
Last year there were 1,056 same-sex marriages in the Republic of Ireland, 606 of these were male unions and were 450 female.
More than 180 same-sex marriages were registered in the first three months of 2016, according to the CSO’s latest quarterly vital statistics – the first full set since new marriage legislation came into effect.
Same-sex marriages in other countries are recognised under Irish law from Monday.
Almost two thirds of people in Northern Ireland would feel comfortable if a family member had a same-sex marriage, a new survey suggests.
Five months after the widely celebrated referendum, marriage equality has become a reality for same-sex couples in Ireland. The Presidential Commission, in place of President Michael D Higgins who currently visiting the US, signed the Marriage Act 2015 into law Thursday, 29 October 2015.
Legislation to give full marriage rights to same sex couples has been signed into law this evening.