Bill allowing for same-sex marriage signed into law

Presidential Commission signs Bill in absence of President Michael D Higgins

A Bill to enact the outcome of the referendum on same-sex marriage has been signed into law. Above, crowds react at Dublin Castle on hearing the result of the referendum in May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

A Bill to enact the outcome of the referendum on same-sex marriage has been signed into law. Above, crowds react at Dublin Castle on hearing the result of the referendum in May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

 

A Bill to enact the outcome of the referendum on same-sex marriage has been signed into law.

The Presidential Commission - which is made up of the Chief Justice, the Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil and the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad - on Thursday signed the Marriage Bill 2015 in the absence of President Michael D Higgins, who is on an official visit to the US.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald must now issue a commencement order which will allow same-sex couples to start getting married.

Ms Fitzgerald last week said the first same-sex marriages will take place by mid-November after legislation paving the way for such unions passed all stages in the Oireachtas.

In May, the amendment was approved by more than 1.2 million people, or 62 per cent of voters, with a 60.5 per cent turnout. Roscommon-South Leitrim was the only constituency to reject the amendment.

The approved amendment means same-sex marriages will have the same status under the Constitution as a marriage between a man and a woman.