Ireland legalised same-sex marriage by popular vote on Saturday and this couple didn’t want to wait any longer to tie the knot.
Linda Cullen proposed to her partner Feargha Ni Bhroin live on BBC Radio 5 Live, just moments after the nation voted “yes” for gay marriage.
The couple, who have been together 10 years, said marriage was especially important for them as they have children.
Speaking on BBC News, Cullen said:
We knew very early on that we wanted to be together and that we wanted to have children together. And I think really since we’ve had children, it’s then that we really felt that we wanted to be married. It means a lot in this country to be married and to have that kind of status for your family.
The result means a marriage between two people of the same sex will now have the same status and protection under the Irish constitution as a marriage between a man and a woman.
More than 62% in Ireland voted in favour of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry and great stories like this one are precisely why they did so!