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Monday, 19 December 2005

First civil partnership ceremony takes place in Northern Ireland

Shannon Sickles and Grainne Close became the first(*) gay couple in the UK to sign the Civil Partnership Register. Today at Belfast City Hall the two women exchanged their vows and became the first same-sex couple to have their relationship legally recognised by the State; they were followed by two men and a further female couple.

Congratulations to them all!

(*) - there have been a small number of earlier civil partnerships since the Civil Partnership Act became law on 5th December, specially permitted prinicipally because of the poor health condition of one of the partners.

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