Colin Farrell’s big brother Eamon is officially married – at least in Canada. Eamon and his long-term partner, Dublin artist Stephen Mannion, journeyed to Vancouver earlier this month and became Mr. and Mr., according to the Sunday World.
“We told our immediate families, including Col, a week ago and they thought it was a great, romantic idea," Eamon told the World. "The vows were the exact same as wedding vows taken in a ceremony in Dublin, except you change a few hers and shes for hims and his!"
The couple made it legal without any fanfare, or any family members on hand. It’s likely Colin would have had a hard time leaving London, as he’s currently on location there shooting London Boulevard with Keira Knightley.
"The last thing we wanted to do was pressure anyone into thinking they had to come to Vancouver to be at our wedding. If we had the right to marry legally in Ireland, it would have been a very different story,” said Eamon.
"We went through all the options and eventually the only thing that made sense to disappear for a week, alone, with no pressure and no pangs of guilt about who could come and who could not.”
The ceremony took place at a location known as Spanish Bank. A minister married the couple, and two independent people served as witnesses.
Both the Farrell and Mannion families have been fully supportive of the marriage, especially Colin, who from a young age knew that his brother was gay.
"He always had a huge sense of responsibility for us all, even though he's the baby of the family," said Eamon. "There was never really a case of me coming out -- I was never in!
“But when Col found out I was gay, by discovering a copy of the Gay Times hidden in my room, he decided to sit my mum Rita, and two sisters Catherine and Claudine, down like the responsible nine-year-old he was, and break the news to them.
"It was all very emotional, until they told him that they'd known for years! He had thought he was dropping the bombshell of all bombshells, but it was never a big deal for any of my family.”
Now Stephen and Eamon are hoping that, someday soon, their wedding will be officially recognized in Ireland.
"It doesn't feel good to be forced to leave the country to show our commitment to each other," said Steven. "Just to know that you are accepted by the government in your own country is a big deal.
“All we want is to have the same rights as anyone else. I think that it doesn't help kids who are growing up gay, it alienates them.”
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