Wednesday 21 August 2019

Ireland tops Yahoo list of same-sex wedding destinations

Say 'I do' in Ireland

Crowds celebrate at Dublin Castle after the marriage referendum was passed last Saturday.
Crowds celebrate at Dublin Castle after the marriage referendum was passed last Saturday.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Yahoo! Travel has named Ireland as the world's top wedding destination for same-sex couples.

The list comes just days after Ireland made history by becoming the first country in the world to introduce same sex marriage by popular vote.

"Same-sex couples can now be legally married or have a commitment ceremony in an incredible variety of spectacular locations all over the globe," Yahoo Travel says.

"From the world’s most beautiful beaches to the side of a volcano to a game reserve surrounded by wild animals."

Here's its pick of those locations:

  • Ireland
  • Argentina
  • Hawaii
  • South Africa
  • Iceland
  • Tahiti
  • New Zealand
  • Uruguay

Gay couples will soon be able to wed in "this beautifully green and culturally lush" country, according to writer Sophie Forbes.

"With an incredible selection of castles, country house hotels, and historic properties, there will be no shortage of venue options," she adds. "Vendors are already lining up offerings targeted at the LGBT community."

There is one snag, however.

"Both partners must spend at least 15 days in the country before getting a marriage license," Yahoo! Travel points out. "You also have to notify the local government of your intent to marry there several months in advance."

"This is great if you are taking some time to plan your nuptials, but not so great if you want to elope tomorrow."

19 international territories have now legalised gay marriage, Yahoo says, along with 37 US states and the District of Columbia.

Research unveiled at World Travel Market 2014 showed the annual spend on travel by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people exceeded USD$200 billion (€181bn) for the first time in 2014.

Following the yes vote, Tourism Ireland launched a campaign highlighting “dreamily romantic locations to tie the knot” and honeymoon on the island.

"The Yes vote absolutely will have a positive impact on tourism," Brian Finnegan, Editor of Gay Community News magazine, told Travel.

Same sex couples will be able to get married in Ireland once the result is written into law - Yahoo cities July, but it is more likely to be September.

Read the full Yahoo story here.

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