Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The government of Northern Ireland allowed its first same-sex marriage on Tuesday, more than three months after a ban outlawing gay unions was lifted.
The couple -- Robyn Peoples and Sharni Edwards -- married in a ceremony at the Loughshore Hotel in Carrickfergus, just outside Belfast.
"We didn't expect to be the first couple, it's coincidental," Edwards said. "Today is our six-year anniversary so we wanted to go ahead with a civil partnership but when the bill was passed, it was perfect timing.
"We feel humbled that our wedding is a landmark moment for equal rights in Northern Ireland."
Amnesty International championed the change.
"Sharni and Robyn's wedding is a landmark moment for equality in Northern Ireland," said Amnesty International Northern Ireland Director Patrick Corrigan.
Activist Sara Canning, the partner of a journalist killed last year, will join lawmakers and other proponents at a parliamentary event Tuesday night to celebrate the law change.
"This really means so much and has brought me some much-needed light in what has been a dark year," Canning said.