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‘Historical same-sex wedding’ held in Bedfordshire – ahead of the first ceremonies slated for next year

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  1. Jock S. Trap 29 Sep 2013, 11:34am

    Well congrats to Pauley and Steven.

    Marriage or CP it’s lovely and I hope they have a good, happy one!!

  2. Jeremy Hoad 29 Sep 2013, 12:17pm

    Could you please also highlight the fact equal marriage will not guarantee equal rights? The government was forced to undertake a review of oension rights before July 2014. Unless they change the regulations gay people will NOT get equal marriage rights under this legislation.

    The last Labour government did the same thing with Civil Partnerships but decided to discriminate against gay couples.

    Please could you use your paper to highlight this and campaign for equal treatment under the law for gay people regarding marriage and Civil Partnerships?

    Equality means equality. At the moment we are on track for more discrimination.

  3. Robert in S. Kensingtonr 29 Sep 2013, 12:58pm

    Ridiculous to say they married when the law hasn’t even taken effect and would be illegal for whomever conducted it subject to fines or prosecution. Most probably it was a CP in which case I wish them the best.

    1. Archbishop Peter Davies 29 Sep 2013, 8:22pm

      OK – as the person who conducted Pauley and Steven’s Ceremony let me get one or two things clear -

      - It was not a legal marriage ceremony
      - It was not a Civil Partnership ceremony

      I am not an Authorised Registrar, and the Barley Mow is not a Registered Premises for the conduct of Marriages or Civil Partnerships under the terms of the Marriage Act 1949 (as amended). Therefore Robert in S Kensington is correct to say what he says.

      The Service was a religious service where Pauley and Steven made their vows to each other before God – this is important for them as they are both committed Christians. – where their love and commitment was celebrated and blessed by me as a Priest of the National Catholic Church of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

      Pauley and Steven have done what for them is the important bit first with the legal bit coming later.

      I hate to burst anybody’s bubble, but the Bedford Times and Citizen has, in their usual way, spun the story out of all recognition.

  4. Please correct the error in the second line of this story – there is no such thing as a ‘council town’ – do you mean Bedford, the county town of Bedfordshire?

  5. Even if this story were true, it would be HISTORIC and not HISTORICAL, unless they had set their wedding in the 19th century.

    Sub-editors?

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