Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have confirmed that same-sex marriage will be legally approved in the country, which is the only UK territory without marriage equality, from January 13 2020 and the first weddings will symbolically take place on the day of love. On July 9, MPs voted overwhelmingly in favor of changing the law if the devolved Northern Ireland Executive has not been re-established by 21 October 2019. But it seems the law is being changed ahead of schedule as British government ministers announced on Monday, September 9, that the new legislation is due to come into effect on January 13 and couples will have 4-week notice before becoming able to register their marriage. It makes February 14 the first day that same-sex couples can get married in Northern Ireland. Lord Ian Duncan, Northern Ireland Office parliamentary under secretary of state, said it could not have been a better time and encouraged same-sex couples to get ready to celebrate their love.