Saturday, December 24, 2005

Got up early in the morning so me and my fella could go down to the Registry office and "register" for our upcoming civil partnership ceremony which is going to happen in January. A woman with a slight Bristolian accent, wearing a low cut top took all our details. She said there had been about 60 registrations so far and that there was a partnership ceremony going on in the adjoining church - which we saw a little of as it was being filmed on CCTV. We have to find 2 witnesses which is probably going to be difficult as we don't know anyone in Bristol. We were also given a "pack" with various leaflets and stuff in. One gives details of some of the vows you can exchange: Option C is "Do you ... promise to love and respect .... be faithful to him/her and always be supporting and understanding?" Cynically, I wonder how many gay couples will choose that one? I guess the word faithful has many interpretations at least. We aren't going to have any big exchanges of vows as we did all that about 5 years ago. Although it was all about as low-key as you can get (which is just the way I like it) what was odd, and kind of nice about the whole thing, was that it was the first time we have had an encounter with officialdom regarding our sexuality and it's been for something wholly good. It was also weird to think that we are among the first same-sex couples in history to get a chance to have our partnership officially recognised in this way. I feel we've come a long way from when we first got together - when we were "breaking the law" because I was a few months under the age of 21. While there's still more to be achieved, it's great to have lived through the last few years and seen a period of real progress in gay rights in the UK.

On the other hand, I don't think Jamie4U will be signing any civil partnership forms any time soon. Holed up in a Travel-lodge after a spell in prison for crimes he only partially committed. It's going to be a cold and lonely Christmas for everyone's favourite brainless twink.


matty said...

YAY!!! Congratulations!!!! Post pix from the day!!!!

Jay said...

Congratulations! :)

The Knitting Circle said...

What wonderful news, congratualtions to the both of you. vis avis the witnesses, visit any post office on a tuesdaymorning and you'll find a Q of willing OAP's collecting their pensions.