Gay Marriage Legal, Flooding Expected
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.