Same-sex marriage has now become legal in the Republic of Ireland, after new legislation came into effect on Monday.
The law was passed after a referendum in May, when the Irish state became the first in the world to legalise same-sex civil marriage by popular vote.
It is not yet known when and where the first same-sex wedding will be held.
But the first people to be affected are same-sex couples who have already wed legally abroad. Their marriages are now automatically recognised by the state.
Of course the Catholic church, and other Christian organizations, had campaigned hard against this new law, but ultimately they could not stand in the way of progress and acceptance.
Very happy for Ireland, and even more so for the many LGBT folks who will no longer have to feel like second hand citizens.
These are exciting times indeed.