Reporting on the Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley wedding on Sunday, The Daily Express made a highly ill-advised editorial decision and put the word “marry” in quotes:
“Tom Daley, 22, and Dustin Lance Black, 42, ‘MARRY’ in romantic Romeo and Juliet ceremony.”
Many readers were outraged over the headline, which looked to be undermining the idea of same-sex marriage.
As Attitude points out, the tabloid certainly doesn’t use air quotes when discussing heterosexual marriage:
They’ve since changed the headline, but not before the original version was widely shared on social media.
On Monday, Daley posted a heartfelt message to Instagram, expressing his awe at the ceremony:
On 6th May 2017, I married the love of my life, @dlanceblack ?? We shared the day with 120 of our closest friends and family, from Texarkana to Plymouth! Thank you to everyone who made this weekend the most special weekend of our lives! • • • [email protected] ????London Gay Men's Chorus ? @andymacphotofilm • • • #NoRomeo
On 6th May 2017, I married the love of my life, @dlanceblack. We shared the day with 120 of our closest friends and family, from Texarkana to Plymouth! Thank you to everyone who made this weekend the most special weekend of our lives!
The guys exchanged vows at Bovey Castle Hotel in Dartmoor National Park in Devon before 120 of their closest friends and family members on Saturday.
According to Mirror Online, the grooms had their personalities “stamped on every detail” of the day, including a multi-tiered wedding cake that Daley made himself.
A local source told the Plymouth Herald, “It was a beautiful ceremony, their vows were so brilliant and heartfelt.”
— Bee ? (@beecullen) May 8, 2017