When These 2 Lesbian Inmates Got Married, What Was Borrowed and What Was Blue?

Congratulations to Joanne Davies and Sara Crane, two British lesbians who just got married. They had a traditional ceremony, exchanging vows in front of close friends, and promising to love each other under death do them part. Or until release do them part: Davies is in prison on for intent to sell, and Crane is in prison for stabbing to death a father of two.

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  • dontblamemeivotedforhillary

    Wow, another negative lesbian-twist story from Queerty. You deserve the wrath of GLAAD!

  • Nick

    Excuse me, you are wrong about that above story. Same-sex marriage is banned in Britain, what they had is a civil partnership, which despite everyone telling British gays its the same thing, is an offensive, discriminatory, separate thing.

    Please do not sign on to the anti-gay agenda by telling us that separate is equal, black is white, civil partnership is marriage. It is not.

  • SenorShinyBuns

    @Nick: As far as benefits under the law, what is the difference? I really want to know.

  • Nick

    the differences are in how the civil partnership act is constructed, which stereotypes gay people.

    Example 1: Adultery is not grounds for dissolution of a civil partnership. When the government created it, they were concerned that gay people wouldnt sign up to something that made them monogamous, so civil partnerships assume that those in them will be unfaithful.

    Example 2: Unlike marriage, there is no set words or vows in the civil partnership act, so gay couples who have one do not know what they are promising each other, it is not written in the law.

    Example 3: While marriage has to be solemnised by vows, with both partners there at the same time, civil partnerships can be signed by one partner one day and another on the next day.

    Example 4: There is no requirement to consummate a civil partnership.

    Example 5: same-sex couples of faith, who may be part of a faith group that wants to marry them, eg Quakers, MCC or Liberal Jews, are barred from marrying in their faith community, civil partnerships must be secular.
    The Lords has proposed an amendment to let civil partnerships be signed in a religious ceremony, but it would mean the secular civil registrar has to stand beside the religious minister to conduct the religious and civil parts at the same time, so the same-sex couple will have to pay for them both, whereas a straight couple doesnt, so it is in reality a civil partnership tax.

    Example 6: Where foreign straight marriages are recognised as marriage in Britain, a foreign same-sex marriage is ignored and a civil partnership is given to the couple instead.

    And of course there is the very fact that civil partnerships are unequal and different, they arent the same, and if the point is to have equality, why have something separate and unequal?

    See our website for more info on our campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in Scotland.

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