The first same-sex couple marries on Faroe Islands


The two wanted a quiet wedding without attracting extra attention but their wedding was completely historic because they did it somewhere where such weddings have never been held before! London-based gay couple Leslie Travers and Richard McBride, 48 and 37, became the first same-sex couple to marry in the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands, a small autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark which has a population of just 50,000, introduced marriage equality just recently. However, no local rushed to immediately take advantage of the law – meaning that Mr Travers and Mr McBride were the first couple to tie the knot there. The pair did not find out until the morning of their wedding that it was something special not only for them but for the whole country. The pair, who have been together for 16 years, had decided to have what they thought would be a very low-key wedding in the rural North Atlantic country. Though they got rather more attention than they had bargained for, the newlyweds said it was a “beautiful day in a fantastic country with wonderful people”. According to LGBT Føroyar, the national LGBT organisation in the Faroe Islands, there are local gay couples who already have settled on future wedding dates – but none have yet married.


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