February 22, 2005

Make the Yuletide Gay

Red states from the Atlantic to almost the Pacific are busy re-affirming the view that marriage requires the parties to be a man and a woman. Here on these shores, those of the other persuasion are waiting patiently for the Civil Partnership Act to come into force. On December 5, the wait will be over.

That's when couples with matching sets of chromosomes and gonads will be able to file their intent with the local registrar to sign a further document in front of witnesses after a 15-day waiting period. I'm not sure what the purpose of the added waiting period is, but nonetheless the first official gay weddings will take place on December 20.

I have no doubt that December 20-23 will be booked up very quickly in Brighton and some other locations. In addition to the gay capital of Britain, register offices have already been contacted in Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and the London borough of Camden.

Posted by david at February 22, 2005 09:54 PM | TrackBack

And by January 15, 2006 the news will post the first gay divorce.

Posted by: philippa at February 23, 2005 02:28 AM

I doubt it will take that long.

Posted by: Huw Raphael at February 23, 2005 02:38 PM

It took five days in Ontario before one of the first same-sex couples to "marry" separated.

Posted by: Dave at February 23, 2005 05:27 PM
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