Gay Marriage Legal, Flooding Expected

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Gay marriage became legal in England and Wales yesterday, so that Christian Bed & Breakfast in Cornwall is probably now the only place in Britain not to be hit by typhoons, floods and rains of locusts, after a UKIP councillor reckoned that gay people caused severe weather patterns (something complicated to do with ‘God’s wrath’).

The UK has had civil partnerships since 2004, when my partner and I married. There is no difference between the state of civil partnership and marriage (actually, looking into the fine print, I found seven minuscule differences, mostly to do with overseas tax). From the end of this year, civil partnerships can be updated to marriage via a simple form.

When we got partnered I felt uncomfortable saying ‘marriage’ at first, knowing that the whole reason why the bill sailed through on the week that the nation was discussing the Fox Hunting Bill was because the word ‘marriage’ had been carefully avoided, even though that’s exactly what it was. I became aware of this after mentioning that I was now married, when a woman sneered at me and said, ‘Yes, but that’s not actually marriage, though, is it?’

To which I replied that it was. ‘Then why don’t they call it that?’ she countered.

‘Because of you,’ I replied.

Confetti all round, I think, and umbrellas up for the rest of the week.

5 comments on “Gay Marriage Legal, Flooding Expected”

  1. Rachel Green says:

    And now I like you even more.

  2. Helen Martin says:

    I was a bit surprised when I heard the news today because I knew you were married – ah, but there you are, it’s now *called* marriage. Well, congratulations to all those marrying this weekend, especially those stubborn enough to wait for the right to use the word. Confetti, though, how about rice instead. Confetti is the very devil to clear up and the rice at least feeds the birds.

  3. Dan Terrell says:

    A fine rejoinder, Admin.
    I will be so glad when this issue is resolved. Let people wed. It’s the loving thing to do. “Give love a chance.”
    Here in the States, we now have a Fed-State court political ballet that must be gone through each and every time a state rules to allow same sex couples to wed. How exhausting, how needlessly costly, and how unhappy making.
    Whenever the latest marriage hassle begins, I hear in the back of my head, from my youth, that duet from ‘Annie Oakley’: “I can do anything you can do (better). I can do anything (better than you).
    And here it comes: “No, you can’t! Yes, I can! No, you can’t! Yes, I can. Yes, I can. Yes I can. YES, I CAN!”
    Yes, they can. Let them! It’s only right.
    Then let’s channel our newly saved energies toward addressing other equally important issues, like hunger, illness, lack of education, slavery, all the other unfair inequalities.

  4. Jo W says:

    And funnily enough,the weather has taken a turn for the better! It was very nice to meet you at last, Admin. Hope the FP had a good day.

  5. admin says:

    The pleasure was mine, Jo W. I’m sorry you had a tough bus trip across town, but glad you caught me. It’s always a great pleasure for me to meet a really committed reader!

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