The Journal, an Irish newspaper, reported the commission signed the measure because President Michael Higgins is currently in the U.S. The publication said gays and lesbians will be able to legally tie the knot in Ireland next month.
The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, an Irish advocacy group, on its Twitter page praised the commission for signing the law.
The Presidential Commission has signed the Marriage Bill 2015 into law. Marriage Equality is now a reality. ??
— GLEN (@glenLGBT) October 29, 2015
Ireland in May became the first country in the world in which same-sex couples received marriage rights through a popular vote.
Higgins in August officially signed an amendment to the Irish constitution that allows nuptials for gays and lesbians. Prime Minister Edna Kenny’s government subsequently introduced a bill that would allow the referendum to officially take effect.
Same-sex couples can legally marry in the U.S., Canada, Mexico City and several Mexican states, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa and New Zealand. Gays and lesbians are also able to tie the knot in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Mayotte, Reunion, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Pitcairn Island, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Wallis and Futuna.