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Europe minister Chris Bryant holds first civil partnership in Houses of Parliament

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  1. Hearty Congratulations to you both!!!


  2. I’m perplexed. I’d rather see a real marriage between two men, or two women, in the House of Parliament. And everywhere else throughout the UK. This sounds like celebrating second-class citizenship to me…
    Anyway, I wish Bryant and his civil partner a fantastic future :-)

  3. Joan the Wedding Girl 27 Mar 2010, 9:38pm

    Congrats, I think it will do a lot of good for future couples to have the wedding in such a high-profile establishment. It’s a nice positive message I think for the government too.

  4. Congrats!! Thats great information. But … gays from Poland still wait for civil parntership in our country and …. nothing. EU help us!

  5. John(Derbyshire) 27 Mar 2010, 11:54pm

    Its a long way from the Rhondda Chris. Gelli wasn`t that welcoming when we lived there.

  6. Jean-Paul Bentham 28 Mar 2010, 12:36am

    Historic photo. Félicitations!

  7. Congrats and amazing publicity yet again. But am I missing something, this is still only creating another venue to perform a CP and not performing a marriage within the the Chapel of St Mary in Parliament like straight couples… Is all this publicity a bit of spin or testing the waters to see how confused the British people can get by linking the word “married” “marriage” and churches with gays …. Anyway congrats again and good luck…. Lets hope you can move around the rest of Europe and have your CP recognised over on the contintent, it may give you a spurt now to get them recognised in Europe, after all you are the minister of Europe as well …

  8. Congratulations to Chris and Jared. It’s always nice to hear a happy story in the news.

  9. To John(Derbyshire)

    I can assure you the Rhondda was well represented at the ceremony. Real Rhondda people. Things really have moved on

  10. Only a few years ago there was a different gay age of consent, you could sack people or refuse to serve them just because of their sexuality and gays were banned from the military, from adopting or getting married.

    Yes and its STILL happening where have you been?

  11. Matthew Sephton 28 Mar 2010, 12:00pm

    Congratulations to Chris and Jared!

  12. Daniel Reimann 28 Mar 2010, 1:41pm

    Congratulations to you both!

  13. Rev Laurie Roberts 28 Mar 2010, 9:15pm

    Congratulations !!!

  14. Congratulations to them both.

    Pink News made a factual error in the report however by saying “Up until now, gay MPs were unable to marry within the Houses of Parliament like their straight colleagues.”

    Um, gay couples STILL aren’t allowed to marry.

    CP’s were created as a ‘separate and not quite equal’ contract, specifically to deny us the right to enter the contract of civil marriage because of our sexual orientation.

    I know the political parties and Stonewall think we should he happy being ‘separate and not quite equal’ but they should not be trying to fob us off this way.

    Portugal is more advanced than the UK when it comes to marriage equality, these days.

  15. PORTUGAL ! –
    There seems to be some controversy and different interpretations in regards to the fact that the President refused to sign the gay marriage bill and sent it off to Constitutional Court instead (eurOut reported in last week’s LNS). Apparently the court has 25 days or until April 8th to come to a decision and this would be a formality for the Court. But then again it wouldn’t be the first time the Constitutional Court decided against gay marriage.

  16. I understand the whole issue of CPs not being regarded as marriage and I support changing them into being called marriage without delay. But seeing as they *are* marriage in all but name could Pinknews help the cause a bit by not putting “wedding” in inverted commas, like the right wing press?

  17. John Partridge (talking about EastEnders): “But there is also another part of me that would like to see them have to deal with things that aren’t associated with being a heterosexual couple – the infidelity, the threesomes, the side of gay culture that’s not necessarily viewed at 7.30pm.”

  18. I guess what is interesting about this story is that it IS supposed to be a story for a happy occasion. Yet it seems some here can’t respond to a happy story without dropping for 1 sec a negative attitude.

    Yes we all know what we ain’t got, nevertheless this couple are committing and that in itself has to be celebrated.

  19. This is just a propaganda coup for that ineffectual bunch of chocolate teapots, the Labour government. This is all about avoiding the “M” word and skirting round Archbishops and Imams for fear of offending them. One wonders how many “common people” will be allowed to marry there? Very few I guess. Yet more nest feathering from the “People’s Party”.

    Ho hum, who cares? He’s going to be out of a job in a month.

  20. Who was the best Man?

  21. “But seeing as they *are* marriage in all but name could Pinknews help the cause a bit by not putting “wedding” in inverted commas, like the right wing press? ”

    Until same sex couples are allowed to access the legal contract of civil marriage on the same basis as opposite sex couples, it is only appropriate to place the word ‘wedding’ and ‘marriage’ in inverted commas.

    This couple are NOT married in the eyes of the law. And the laws states that because they are gay, they are not allowed to marry.

    It would not be telling the truth to refer to them as married.

    And it is not a ‘negative attitude’ to point out that Chris Bryant and his civil partner are not allowed to marry, solely because of their sexual orientation. It is simply the truth.

  22. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 29 Mar 2010, 12:55pm

    Congradulations to both of you Chris Bryant (right) and your civil partner Jared Cranney from Australia.

    I only hope we eventually get civil partnerships here in Australia (only the ACT has them, not all of Australia).

  23. Bridal Betty 29 Mar 2010, 1:37pm

    I’m very happy for the couple. However, if until now, all ceremonies took place within the Chapel of the Palace of Westminster, does that mean that previously no couple – gay or straight – could have a non-religious, non-Christian ceremony?


  25. Congratulations to Chris and Jared! May you have many happy years together!

  26. Congratulations to you both and thanks for reminding the whole nation that such a thing as you two getting CP’ed inside the House of Parliament would have been absolutely unthinkable if the Tories had been in power for the last 13 years instead of Labour.

  27. Paul Mitchell – Aus (victoria) you can now register your partnership, it’s not brilliant and we were advised to not bother since after 2 years of living together you apparently got the same rights anyway. We’re in a British CP anyway but Victoria says it doesn’t recognise it but nevertheless it would prevent us from doing a register partnership in Vic – bizarre , it seemd you could around each state performing registered partnership becuase I think each state didn’t recognise eachother’s registered partnership – I think other states apart from the ACT and Victoria do something… I agree with the wedding , married words – I know some press (foreing ones at least) are heading up all this as the UK’s first gay marriage so it’s a bit misleading ….

  28. Toby, yes, I’ve also noticed that some foreign gay sites report this is a marriage. Obviously they aren’t aware that civil partnerships are not legal marriages, just legal same-sex unions. Sometimes, Pink News refers to them as such but in reality they’re not of course. All this nonsense anyway could be avoided if civil marriage were available to British gay couples. At least they’d get recognition in eight countries, so far. I do however congratulate Mr. Bryant and his partner.

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