21 Sep 2017



Immediate release: Thursday 21 September 2017


Campaigners promise ‘biggest, gayest, most sparkling wedding of the year’


It’s being billed as the biggest, gayest and most sparkling wedding of the year... and you’re invited.


That’s the message from marriage equality campaigners, who are staging the Big Fat Gay Wedding in Belfast on Friday (22 September) evening as part of Culture Night.


At the heart of the wedding celebrations will be Shane Sweeney, 31, from Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh and Eoin McCabe, 25, from Belfast, who hope to get married as soon as the law in Northern Ireland allows it.


Shane said:


“Eoin and I have been together for five years now and have been engaged for the last two. We’ve discussed wedding dates but we will wait until we get marriage equality. We refuse to be treated as second-class citizens within our own country. For us, taking part in the Big Fat Gay Wedding is only a precursor to the real thing.”


Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the UK or Ireland without equal marriage laws, despite widespread public support and a majority in favour within the Assembly. Campaigners are calling for a law change to bring the region into line with the rest of the UK and Ireland.


The event is being organised by the Love Equality campaign for equal civil marriage in Northern Ireland, led by the Rainbow Project, Amnesty International, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Cara-Friend, NUS-USI and HereNI.


Patrick Corrigan of the Love Equality campaign said:


“Friday night’s Big Fat Gay Wedding promises to be a lot of fun. But there is a serious message at its heart. We demand equal recognition under the law for all our citizens regardless of sexual orientation or gender.


“A very significant majority of people and elected representatives in Northern Ireland support the introduction of marriage equality. Any new government here must be a government for all the people. Marriage equality will be a litmus test for any such government.”


The Big Fat Gay Wedding is being staged at Cabaret Supper Club in Belfast’s Upper Arthur Street and will feature flamboyant cabaret performers Cherrie Ontop, Nuala Rude, Soup du Jour, Trixie Firecracker, Mimi Dubois and Bobby Bordeau.  The wedding event will be followed by live music and dancing in proper wedding reception style, with the ceremony due to commence at 8:30pm (doors open 7pm). The couple will be led in their vows by Ross Anderson-Doherty, creative director at the cabaret club.


Free tickets for the Big Fat Gay Wedding can be booked at




Shane and Eoin are available for interview by arrangement


Contact / interviews: Patrick Corrigan – 07740 623155