The Court of Appeals in the Republic of Ireland has rejected a challenge to the marriage referendum, which was delaying the first same-sex weddings.
In May, the Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote.
Following the landslide victory, Irish justice minister Frances Fitzgerald promised to implement the law as soon as possible, saying:
I am very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible. I am working to make that happen.”
However, attempts to implement weddings as soon as possible were hindered when multiple people launched nuisance legal challenges, in an attempt to stall further.
The Court of Appeals heard arguments today – and unsurprisingly found that the referendum was valid.
After eight hours, the Court of Appeals dismissed the challenges to the referendum and lifted a stay on action.
Activists celebrated the decision, and derided the “pointless” challenges.
However, the complainants still have 28 days to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, if they want to attempt to stall equality further.