Two-hundred-seventy-three gay couples began preparing to enter civil partnerships in Ireland as a new law came on line Tuesday.
The Republic of Ireland's civil partnerships law came into force in January but a three-month waiting period pushed the first couples' nuptials back until this week.
Kieran Rose of the gay rights group Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) said the ceremonies were a “very significant advance.”
“Lesbian and gay couples have been waiting for years to have their relationships recognized and protected by the state,” Rose said.
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