In February, 27-year-old Sharni Edwards and Robyn Peoples, 26, became the first gay couple to legally marry in Northern Ireland. The country is the world’s latest to legalize same-sex marriage. “Our love is personal but the law which said we couldn’t marry was political,” Peoples said, according to the BBC. “While this campaign ends with Sharni and I saying ‘I do,’ it started with people saying ‘No’ to inequality. By standing together, we’ve made history.” Behind them are the long histories of other LGBT couples and their friends, who tried everything from legal loopholes, to crossing borders, to cross-dressing to get hitched.