I WAS delighted to read Rev John Shone’s letter (20 September) arguing that the marriage equality debate may be resolved by all couples having a civil partnership or marriage conducted by a registrar, followed, if they wished, by a religious or secular celebration to suit their taste.
It was particularly reassuring to hear such fair-mindedness from a religious man.
As he identifies, there has been a polarity in the debate so far but that is maybe because the iconography of the traditional heterosexual marriage ceremony is so exclusive.
I suggest gay people are less interested in aping these traditions than in simply achieving equality for all relationships so what Rev Shone suggests seems a dignified solution and will free everyone from absurdist imaginings as to who is going to wear the white dress.
HAS anyone done any research into the likely take-up of same-sex marriage?
I would be very interested to know what proportion of gay people actually want to get married. I suspect that the figure is lower than many activists would have us believe.
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