Sunday 25 September 2016

Eight same-sex weddings every week in the capital

Published 18/03/2016 | 02:30

Same sex marriage
Same sex marriage

More than 230 same-sex marriages have been registered since last year's historic referendum, new figures show.

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Data supplied by the Department of Social Protection shows half of the 233 marriages took place in Dublin.

Another 21 marriages were registered in Cork and 14 in Limerick.

Since the first same-sex marriage in Ireland was celebrated on November 17, 2015, some 126 same sex-marriages have been registered in Dublin, an average of almost eight a week.

There were eight marriages in both Donegal and Wicklow, while seven took place in Galway, six in Kerry and five in Offaly. No marriages involving same-sex couples were registered in Clare.

Outgoing junior minister Kevin Humphreys, who is a candidate in the Seanad elections, said he expects the numbers to continue apace.

"These are really positive figures and they show that the number of people using the legislation is growing and is quite dispersed around the country," he told the Irish Independent.

"Given that it can be quite difficult to get wedding venues, we should be very proud of these figures, which show the legislation is being used.

"I expect the numbers to increase significantly as people book for what is now a really important family event."

Some 62pc of voters approved gay marriage in May's referendum - making Ireland the first country in the world to do so by public vote.

The Marriage Bill was signed into law by the Presidential Commission - which is made up of the Chief Justice, the Ceann Comhairle and the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad - last October.

Irish Independent

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