Couple can’t wait to make history with first gay marriage in Northern Ireland
A caregiver and a waiter will make history next week as they become the first gay couple to marry in Northern Ireland.
Robyn Peoples from Belfast and Sharni Edwards from Brighton will tie the knot on Tuesday.
The wedding will take place in Carrickfergus, a day after same-sex marriages first became legal in Northern Ireland.
The couple, who met in the Kremlin nightclub in Belfast, revealed that they initially planned a civil partnership ceremony but were able to change their papers to make it a wedding after MPs of Westminster decided to bring the law into line with Great Britain.
“We’re getting married on our sixth birthday,” said Robyn, 26.
“We went ahead with the civil partnership papers and the bill was passed in September. We were able to change our papers and it was us ”.
Robyn said the couple became “frustrated” while waiting for the law to change and took part in the Love Equality campaign, participating in marches.
“We’ve been engaged for five years,” Robyn said.
“It just got to the point we’ve been waiting for so long, we just wanted to go.”
Robyn said being the first same-sex couple to marry meant “everything.”
“Having been able to grow up in Northern Ireland … you are not equal, you are not considered equal, you do not have the same rights as a straight person and now we have them. It’s amazing . “
The couple got engaged in Paris after Sharni (27) booked the couple’s tickets to see singer Ariana Grande perform.
Robyn proposed to Sharni on a city bridge where they left a lock engraved with their initials and the date they met.
A year later, Sharni proposed to Robyn.
The couple, who live in the Woodvale area of Belfast, said their families were “very supportive”, adding that after the wedding and the two-week honeymoon in Cyprus they hope to buy their first home and have some children.
They said the ceremony would be “small and intimate” with a “bit more” at the reception.
Sharni said she hoped their marriage would show that “it’s good to be in love and to celebrate this.”
Patrick Corrigan of the Love Equality campaign said he achieved the historic change in the law in Westminster thanks to the support of tens of thousands of people.
“It was a campaign much longer than necessary. The people of Northern Ireland, the LGBT community of Northern Ireland, had to fight longer and harder for these rights than anywhere else in the UK and Ireland and we are so happy to bring this to a happy conclusion, “he said.