Marriage Referendum bill has been signed into law by President Higgins this evening
Published 29/08/2015 | 19:11
President Higgins has signed the Marriage Referendum bill into law this evening.
A statement from the President's Higgins office issued this evening said: "President Michael D. Higgins this evening signed the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015 at Áras an Uachtaráin."
As legislation for same sex marriage is already completed, it is expected to be passed through immediately when the Dail returns from the summer recess on September 22nd.
Once this is passed, the first marriages under the new bill can take place.
Although a series of court challenges have been launched against the result of the marriage referendum, delays are no longer expected as President Higgins has signed the bill this evening.
Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce same sex marriage by popular vote in May.
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