Civil partners Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling on Tuesday became Ireland's first gay couple to marry as a new marriage law took effect on Tuesday.

The men exchanged vows in Clonmel, the county town of County Tipperary, at 8:30 in the morning, the Irish Times reported.

The men, both 35 and together 12 years, entered a civil partnership in September.

In May, Ireland became the first nation to legalize civil marriage for gay couples by a popular vote.

Gollogly and Dowling said that they decided to proceed with their civil partnership, which they had planned several months earlier, because they had concerns that the new marriage law might face legal challenges and not take effect as planned.

Couples in a civil partnership can forgo a mandatory three month waiting period and marry in as little as 24 hours.

Mary-Claire Heffernan, senior registrar for Tipperary County, pronounced the men husband and husband.

Dowling told media gathered at the ceremony that marrying “means the world” to him and his new husband.