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Benedict Cumberbatch conducts civil partnership

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  1. Mary mother of gawd 24 Jul 2013, 12:33pm

    Deep

  2. Congratulations, unknown friends! (You invited Julie Burchill… ok…)

    Since PN is a bastion of marriage pedantry (yeah, ok, that’s mostly me), I should point out that Spain doesn’t offer CPs, generally doesn’t offer civil weddings to foreigners, and doesn’t allow independent celebrants either.

    Assuming Mr Cumberbatch is not in fact the mayor of a Balearic village, this couple most likely got CPed in the UK and came to Spain for a non-binding ceremony – conducted by Sherlock Holmes himself.

    Same-sex couples can of course marry in Ibiza as in the rest of Spain, but only if one partner is Spanish, or both are residents.

    CPs don’t exist in Spain, although the Balearics did once, back at the dawn of time (c. 2000) offer a partnership registry and I believe it is still available.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Jul 2013, 1:33pm

      I concur. Tongue in cheek, I wonder if it is an offence to impersonate a UK registrar since they are the only people authorised to administer such services? .

  3. The comments by that Julie woman were pretty vile but….

    “Last year it was reported that Cumberbatch is also set to depict the legendary gay manager Brian Epstein, famously dubbed “the fifth Beatle” by Sir Paul McCartney, in an upcoming film.”

    This is great news! As a scouser I’m naturally interested in early Beatles history and feel Mr. Epstein essentially created the blue print for super stardom. The Beatles would have been nothing without his hard work, and I feel his homosexuality caused him a great deal of grief and loneliness in his life, would be great to see his story told on the big screen at last!

  4. Has ‘officiating’ at a civil partnership become the sort of thing anyone take on, like a new role?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Jul 2013, 1:34pm

      Attention seeking perhaps?

      1. It’s possibly just a journalistic misuse of the term when possibly all Cumberbatch did was act (act) as a sort of MC. It seems highly unlikely he is an official registrar.

        1. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Jul 2013, 2:16pm

          Of course. Burchill should know better too describing the couple as ‘bridegrooms’. Who was the bride I wonder? I think she opposed equal marriage if I’m not mistaken so her considering this escapade to be a wedding or marriage seems a bit hypocritical.

          1. Heh – good point about ‘bridegrooms’, I hadn’t really thought of that. What could you call them? “The grooms” has a whiff of the stables about it…

            (Burchill could of course have just said “The couple”.)

          2. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Jul 2013, 4:49pm

            Rehan, I think ‘groom’ is an appropriate word if one wants to resort to such a description. I’ve often heard the term ‘bride and groom’ in regard to straight weddings. Now grooms and stables….hmmmm, horseplay perhaps? :)

  5. Were they thespians , or gender neutral bi-transo-philes ?

    Was it for a movie or just a pseudo-marriage ?

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