First same-sex legal marriage takes place in NI

A female same-sex couple took part in the first same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland since MPs in Westminster imposed a redefinition of marriage on the North while the Northern Assembly was not sitting.

Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, made the legal contract at a ceremony in a hotel in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, Monday.

The day marks their sixth anniversary as a couple and they had booked a civil partnership ceremony at the Loughshore hotel months before Westminster MPs passed the legislation last summer.