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Two Women Make History As The First Same-Sex Couple To Get Married In Northern Ireland | PHOTOS

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Two women have made history as the first same-sex couple to get married in Northern Ireland.

The couple, Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, got married at a ceremony in a hotel in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, on Tuesday afternoon. Their marriage came days after it was announced that same-sex marriage is now legal after an October 2019 Westminster bill changed the law.

According to the Guardian, the couple had booked a civil partnership ceremony at the Loughshore hotel months before the legislation was passed last summer. After a go ahead was given for the first marriages to take place in Northern Ireland this week, they changed their ceremony to a wedding.

Two women make history as the first same-sex couple to get married in Northern Ireland (Photos)

Edwards said: “it means the absolute world” to be married, before thanking the activists who have campaigned for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

“If it wasn’t for them guys we wouldn’t be sat here right now. We just want to say thank you to everyone … everyone who has marched and signed petitions, everyone who has helped us get to this stage, we just want to say thank you.

“We didn’t expect to be the first couple, it’s coincidental. 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 and it was a complete coincidence, a happy coincidence. We couldn’t be more grateful.”

Two women make history as the first same-sex couple to get married in Northern Ireland (Photos)

Peoples said: “For Northern Ireland, we need to be the face of the people to show everyone it’s OK. We fought so long and hard for this opportunity to be seen as equal and now we are here and it’s just amazing.”

Edwards, a waitress from Brighton who did not know the law was different in Northern Ireland until she moved from England to Belfast, said: “We feel humbled that our wedding is a landmark moment for equal rights in Northern Ireland. We didn’t set out to make history – we just fell in love.

Two women make history as the first same-sex couple to get married in Northern Ireland (Photos)

“We are so grateful to the thousands of people who marched for our freedoms, to the Love Equality campaign who led the way, and the politicians who voted to change the law. Without you, our wedding wouldn’t have been possible. We will be forever thankful.”

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Dakora To Hold Press Release For Hit Song Zagawalata With DJ Breezy

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Dakora, Ghanaian versatile rapper is holding a press release over his new hit song.

The new song titled “Zagawalata” has brought Dakora a new image as his fans in Wa are celebrating him for such a hit.

The song was officially produced by DJ Breezy of Black Avenue Muzik making this a significant one in his musical career.

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Date And Venue For Joe Mettle’s White Wedding Revealed

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It’s confirmed, Joe Mettle, an award-winning gospel musician will walk down the aisle in a few days to come with his to-be wife identified as Sellasie. She’s a pastor’s daughter.

The full details regarding the wedding is no more a secret on social media as a wedding invitation card to this effect is out and already it has gone viral.

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Joe Mettle's Wedding card

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Rocky Dawuni Plays Virtual Concert For American Radio Station, KCRW On Tuesday, July 28th

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Ghana’s Afro Roots champion, Rocky Dawuni, will be featured as part of KCRW’s new “In Residence” sessions on the flagship Morning Becomes Eclectic show hosted by Anne Litt on Tuesday, July 28 at 10:15am PST (1:15pm PST / 5:15pm GMT.) “KCRW’s In Residence sessions feature storytelling performances and commentary from some of our favorite artists.” If you are in Southern California you can listen live on 89.9FM or around the world online at http://www.kcrw.com where it will also be archived.

Rocky recorded the session with his full Ghanaian band live in Accra this month at Kwashibue Recording studio operated by legendary keyboardist Kwame Yeboah (Pat Thomas, Ebo Taylor, Yusuf Islam, Craig David.) “The setting was ideal to get the band into one inspiring space and also to be able to get the best live sound and vibe with Kwame at the helm of affairs. The location also provided the opportunity to capture the ever-present vibrant energy of the city of Accra in our performance. Recent recordings by Highlife music legends like Pat Thomas and Ebo Taylor were recorded here.”

Rocky is just coming off an intense media tour for his new video “Champion Arise“ from his most recent release “Beats of Zion” (Six Degrees Records) which has been receiving amazing support including add on BET Soul, BET Jams, TV Africa and many more platforms. He is currently in Africa working on new music and plans to release a highly anticipated EP later this year. In lieu of the usual summer tour schedule due to the current global situation, Rocky has been focusing on his activism projects including the Rocky Dawuni Foundation’s Sankofa Center as well as large scale organic farming and tree planting. In his role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment for Africa, Rocky has lent his voice to some high profile online performances/fundraisers including Artists for Amazonia alongside Peter Gabriel, Jeff Bridges, Dave Mathews as well as Pathway to Paris alongside Patti Smith, Talib Kweli, Thom Yorke, Jane Fonda, and Jimmy Iovine, to name a few. He hopes to return the live music scene and his fans as soon as possible!

Please check out GRAMMY-nominated Rocky Dawuni “In Residence” on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” this Tuesday!

For FOLLOW Rocky Dawuni:

http://www.instagram.com/rockydawuni

http://www.facebook.com/rockydawuni

https://www.youtube.com/rockydawunimusic

Rocky Dawuni “Beats of Zion” Listening & Sales Link for all platforms:
https://rockydawuni.lnk.to/beatsalbum

Rocky Dawuni “Beats of Zion” Press release & links & quotes:
http://pressjunkiepr.com/clients/rocky-dawuni/

“Beats of Zion” video
https://youtu.be/gWNpphv-7rk (premiered on PopMatters)

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