Same-sex marriage is now legally recognised in Northern Ireland and the first ceremonies will take place in February, BBC.com reports.

For couples who are already married, their marriage will now be legally recognised in Northern Ireland.

Those who are already in a civil partnership will not be able to convert it to a marriage at this stage, but heterosexual couples will also be able to enter into civil partnerships from now on.

The Northern Ireland Office is set to begin a consultation later this year about converting civil partnerships and the role of churches in same-sex marriages.

Read the whole story on BBC.com and see the video explaining why Northern Ireland has waited so long.