It was the "I Do" heard round the world! Following the result of Ireland's new marriage equality legislation going into effect Monday, Cormac Gollogly, and husband, Richard Dowling, became Ireland's first same-sex couple to officially tie-the-knot! The elated grooms, who have been together for 12 years, officially married at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, marking a historic moment in the country's history after Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage via popular vote in May.
"It's really made our relationship better and stronger, and it means so much," Gollogly told The Huffington Post about the monumental news. "We're so thankful to the people of Ireland for voting in favor of marriage equality."
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The iconic couple, Gollogly, a barrister from Dublin, and his official hubby, Dowling, an Allied Irish banker, met at one of Dublin's most popular gay bars, The George, over a decade ago. Before saying their "I dos" in a South Tipperary ceremony, the couple entered into civil partnership in September after the law was passed due to the future uncertainties of a marriage equality referendum in Ireland.
The loving couple shared a video of the momentous day, having been officiated by Ireland's Senior Registrar Mary Clare Heffernan, and spoke about the doting details surrounding their first encounter, The Irish Times reports. The rest is history!
After following the Netherlands lead in 2000, which was the first country to legalize gay marriage, more than 20 countries worldwide (including the U.S.!) have passed laws allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to CNN. Since then, thousands of couples have made it official, including some very familiar faces! Funnyman, and How I Met Your Mother star, Neil Patrick Harris, married his love of 10 years, fellow actor, David Burtka, in a breathtaking Italian destination wedding back in 2014. Modern Family front man, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and husband, lawyer, Justin Mikita, tied the knot in a New York City ceremony back in 2013, after being engaged for nearly three years.
Since Ireland has officially opened its doors to gay marriage, we're expecting some of Ireland's most stunning ceremony sites, like the historic Ashford Castle, and the endless gardens of Clomantagh Castle to be filled to the brim with love and equality from here on out!
So happy for these two, and the many more to come!