BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 19: Protesters stand outside City Hall as Grainne Close and Shannon Sickels became the United Kingdom's first gay couple to marry in a civil partnership on December 19, 2005 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into law in the UK on December 5th, 2005  and hundreds of same sex partners have already registered for the ceremony.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)