Last night, English and Welsh MPs voted in parliament in favour of the Equal Marriage Bill. 400 to 175. It’s great news for champions of equality and starts the somewhat arduous journey of bringing it into law. At its most basic, Equal Marriage would mean that same sex couples could get married, opposite sex couples could now enter into civil partnerships and churches and religious institutions that wish to marry same sex couples could. So a great big YEY for all 400 MPs that voted in favour, and in 10 years time when equality is the norm, I’m sure those 175 will feel very stupid.
As a quick aside….did you know that all 6 Muslim MPs voted in favour? That real progression and puts any Christian MPs argument to shame.
Here, Alice Arnold tells the Telegraph why she’s now going to marry Clare Balding.
If you have done a Civil Partnership as Clare Balding and I have, then what does yesterday’s victory mean? Well, we can ‘convert’ our partnership into ‘Marriage’. From using an expression that sounds like we have been paired up under an umbrella of politeness we can now use a phrase that is recognised by everyone.
Most of the people we know refer to us as ‘married’, they talk about having attended our ‘wedding’. We don’t though. We never have. I suspect other people use the term ‘married’ because the expression ‘Civilly Partnered’ sounds so ridiculous.But I suspect some use it (and they are nearly all straight) because that is simply what they feel we should be. Neither of us has made any secret of the fact that we would get married if the law allowed, every newspaper has reported it.