I have been engaged to my partner for the past four years however I do not want to tie the knot just yet. It is not because I am afraid of commitment, in fact quite the opposite as it was me who went on bended knee in the pouring rain to propose to my man.
The reason is that I want to be married, and by this I do not mean a ‘civil partnership’ that was offered up as a consolation prize back in 2004. Although it was a huge step forward and aided many of my friends to express their love and commitment in front of their friends and family, there is no getting away from the fact that we are still not equal to straight couples.
So with David Cameron announcing today that he didn’t want gay people to be excluded from a great institution like marriage and actively showed his support for equal marriage, I am now re-considering our wedding plans. I can only imagine this is going to instil the fear of god into my partner as the last estimated cost came into a scary looking figure, however he will not be the only one having sleepless nights.
With the church and many people within the Tory party still strongly opposed, it does beg the question as to whether any progress will be made in the near future. However when it does finally pass, and I am confident it will, there will be an invitation to Mr Cameron and his wife, although I can only assume I won’t be sending it to 10 Downing Street.
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