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British gay couple is first to wed in the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands became the last Nordic country to introduce same-sex marriages this summer. After a long and hard battle for marriage equality in the Faroe Islands, the law finally came into effect on July 1st. However, the first same-sex couple to take advantage of the new law turned out to not be a Faroese couple but a British couple.

Leslie Travers (48) from England and Richard McBride (47) from Northern Ireland became the first same-sex couple to take advantage of the island’s new legislation on September 6th 2017. The pair who live in London did not find out until the morning of their wedding that they were the first gay couple to be married in the Faroe Islands.

“We came here to have a quiet marriage ceremony, it just so happened that we’re the first same-sex couple to be married in the Faroe Islands. Good on this beautiful place to recognise marriage equality. Beautiful day in a fantastic country with wonderful people,” wrote Travers on Facebook after their historic wedding ceremony.

McBride and Travers, who have been together for 16 years, could have wed in England, but not in Northern Ireland, where McBride hails from.

Although no Faroese same-sex couples have yet to tie their knots on the North Atlantic islands there are local gay couples who already have settled on future wedding dates as marriage rights now are available to everyone in Faroe Islands as well as the entire Nordic region.

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