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Irish couple aim to be first gay couple to marry in the air

But it could be you.

Bruce and George
Bruce and George
Image: SAS

AN IRISH couple are aiming to become the first same-sex couple to marry mid-air.

While gay marriage may not yet be allowed in Ireland, a Galway-based couple, Bruce and George, are hoping to wed on an SAS flight from Stockholm to New York, on December 6.

The Scandanavian airline SAS is running a competition that will see one lucky same-sex couple receive an all expenses paid mid-air wedding.

SAS will turn their business class cabin into to an exclusive wedding cabin and during the flight, while the couple are in the air, they’ll be married.

In true wedding tradition, there will be a lavish reception afterwards complete with a full wedding menu, wedding cake and celebrations all the way to New York continuing in the city’s exclusive W Hotel. The couple will then fly on to LA, for a honeymoon.

Bruce, a 25-year-old Canadian, met his partner Eugene two years ago describing him as an “Irishman with the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen. After one of the most awkward first dates we’d ever been on, we decided to give each other one more chance and we’re glad we did”.

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The couple said they deserve to win as they “love each other so much” and “can’t imagine our lives without one another”.

And if you fancy marrying your same-sex partner mid-air you, can register online and have a go at the competition yourself. If you’re taken with Bruce and George’s story, then get voting by sharing the story on Facebook.

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Daire Hickey

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