Category Archives: Civil Partnership

‘No-one is silent though many are not heard’ – Why I work to change this

This quotation, from a poster called ‘How To Build Community‘, was part of the inspiration that led me to start this blog around nine months ago. I have written about my experience as a gay Christian, as part of the first same sex couple to register our civil partnership in a place of worship in the UK, and as a youth… Read more »

Are we there yet? – The road to marriage equality

  THE HOUSE of Commons vote in favour of same-sex marriage on Tuesday 5th February was a landmark for equality, but it’s not the end of the journey – As Liverpool prepares to host the UK’s first National Gay Wedding Show next month, this is my personal response to the marriage equality debate, written for the March issue of Seen magazine, for Merseyside’s… Read more »

Keeping faith in Pride

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TONIGHT I was invited to share my story at the local meeting of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, which describes itself as: a UK-based international charity which challenges homophobia and transphobia, especially within the Church and faith based organisations, as well as working to create and praying for an inclusive church. The timing seemed apt, as I planned to… Read more »

A letter to our MP, #LoveEqualMarriage

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The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have launched a new campaign to encourage people to fight for equality and support same-sex marriage. They are calling for people to contact their MPs to offer a message of support for same-sex marriage and encourage them to vote in favour of the proposed legislation. Here is our letter: Mrs Louise Ellman MP House of… Read more »

Enduring love? Couple relationships in the 21st Century – part 1

TONIGHT WE HAD a visit from an Open University researcher who is working on a project called Enduring Love? Couple Relationships in the 21st Century. My partner completed an online questionnaire a few months ago, and we were selected from almost 5,400 people who completed the questionnaire to be one of 60 couples who are interviewed for the second stage… Read more »

A photo a day kept inspiration at play – Now can we be married and gay?

WHEN I STARTED this blog I aimed to write a short post each week. I managed for about six weeks, but some of the posts were not so short as I was writing about issues and experiences that had been on my mind for months and years. But life began to take over and I lost momentum for a few… Read more »

Photo A Day – December 12: Hat #FMSphotoaday

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The first time I met my partner’s aunt, she waited until he was out of earshot and asked, ‘So do I need to buy a hat?’ She is not what you’d expect a supporter of marriage equality to be – a working class mother of three from Merseyside, not an obvious ally at first glance. But she is passionate about… Read more »

Photo A Day – December 11: Sweet #FMSphotoaday

A TASTE OF AUSTRALIA will be with us for Christmas this year – a ginger and banana Christmas pudding! Lighter and less rich than the traditional British pudding, my partner has been making this every Christmas for years, and I am delighted he has kept the tradition going since moving to the UK. He is a great cook, host and… Read more »

Photo A Day – December 10: Under #FMSphotoaday

THE GIFTS from Australia have arrived, and are the first under the tree. My partner is from Sydney, Australia, but we can’t afford to go there every year at the height of their summer, so his mum has sent a box of goodies for him and me, including hand-knitted decorations for the tree! We also have a few Aussie themed… Read more »

Photo A Day – December 8: Someone I love #FMSphotoaday

FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY my partner and I had our first date. Little did we know as we met in that café that we would make the news in 2012 as the first couple in the UK to register a civil partnership in a place of worship. Yesterday I found myself on the news again, as the UK government leaked a report… Read more »