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Westlife star Mark Feehily announces engagement

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  1. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad this man and his partner feel happy together and committed enough to not only legally combine their lives but be public about it; but please, please let’s not mimic the worse excesses of heterosexual tribal rituals – ‘engagement’, indeed! Just have your CP, have a party, and be done with it! What’s going to be next, a wedding list? (God help us.)

  2. A wedding list – YES PLEASE!

    Heterosexual people have as little choice in the so called “tribal rituals” as we do in our “CP parties”. The fact that we only have civil unions and straight people only have marriage is an insult to our equality. Marriage needn’t be and quite often isn’t a religious institution. God won’t be helping anyone, because it/they simply do not exist.

    I don’t think he should get married to his bf, I think his bf should get married to me! :D

  3. Mihangel apYrs 3 Feb 2010, 8:22am


    it is of course all persiflage, someone not many people actually KNOW gets a lot of publicity, but that’s how our society is, and at least it’s positive publicity of one of our children.


  4. Rehan, the handful of civil partnership ceremonies I’ve attended have, indeed, been preceded by engagement, stag do and wedding lists. You are such a ‘ghetto gay’.

  5. @ Chuckster: Am I? That’s a first! The CPs I’ve been to have certainly not stooped to the vulgarity of wedding lists, possibly because the couples involved (all having been together a fair time) were not in need of more material objects.

    I’m fascinated by but loathe those often outdated or American rituals for non-gay people. And as it happens none of my non-gay friends have had “traditional” weddings with all the conspicuous hoopla either: I don’t think it’s anything to do with being “ghetto gay”, whatever that is.

  6. I think the best thing about this is how, dare I say it “normal”, and great and how unshocking, and just us living our lives ,as us, this is. As a older gay man this was for me, still a bit uncomfortable dealing with this strong openess, but now it just oh, good for them . I hope they will be happy. What a great start to a grey Feb day.

  7. Good luck to him and I hope he’s happy
    it’s only sad it’s CP and not marriage

  8. my partner and I are NOT getting a “civil partership” – we are going to get MARRIED abroad in a country that recognises our day as gay marriagellike Spain etc.. instead of some homophobic second class marriage in this country! I look forward to being able to say after that I got married and not “civil partnered”!

  9. Rachel Titley 3 Feb 2010, 7:46pm

    Good for him – although the phrase ‘myself and Kevin’ offends me. It’s ‘Kevin and I’. Grammar is not optional just because you’re famous, and the correct version has fewer characters so is easier to tweet.
    Grammar geek Gala

  10. Lynne Truss 3 Feb 2010, 11:12pm

    Is there some kind of rule that those that criticise the grammar make mistakes in punctuation/grammar in their posts? QED

  11. @ J (9): will your MARRIAGE abroad be recognised here? And if not, what possible advantage over a UK CP will it have?

  12. Mihangel apYrs 4 Feb 2010, 2:21pm

    Rehan, leave J alone, if he wants to dance his bum off on a Spanish beach before shagging his husband silly, then that’s up to him.

    Also, Spain needs the money

  13. Congratulations boys!
    After 15 years of living in Australia I still can’t believe that Britain now has Civil Partnerships. My CP and I were “married” at the British Consulate in Sydney two years ago.

    This is SO FANTASTIC! High profile gays and lesbians announcing their engagement and having Civil Partnerships sends out such a positive message to the whole community that we are NORMAL.

    This country has noticeably changed in it’s acceptance of us. Yes, Spain and other countries may be ahead of us, but Britain is a million miles ahead of many countries (who still impose the death sentence for buggery).

    Well done Mark and Kevin!

  14. melisa caringal 19 Feb 2010, 7:54am

    wow! congratulations, actually there’s nothing wrong with that..
    send my regards, gudluck, and i hope you are both happy living..

  15. Think twice before its too late dear.

  16. hurr,,hur..congratz,i am happy 4 u guyz..

  17. denise baskerville 4 Mar 2011, 9:39pm

    hey congrats mark and kevin,u will be happy,i know it made for each other,love u both,xxdenise xxx

  18. jessica anne 19 May 2011, 7:20am

    i cant believe it for all this years i admire you mark and loved you such a gay…. wish you luck mark but if the time have come that you realize that you still love me you can got back in my arms

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