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Marriage Referendum bill has been signed into law by President Higgins this evening

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Published 29/08/2015 | 19:11

Thousands gather at the results of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle
Thousands gather at the results of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle
Children wait for the results of the same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle last week. Photo: Mark Condren
Crowds gather for the results of the same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle last Saturday. Photo: Mark Condren
Jean and Bernie as Louth votes yes in the referendum to same-sex marriage
Celebrations as Louth votes yes in the referendum to same-sex marriage

President Higgins has signed the Marriage Referendum bill into law this evening.

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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."

President Michael D Higgins
President Michael D Higgins

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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