Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Mrs and Mrs Valentine tie the knot...
Most of the papers found a romantic story to celebrate Valentine's Day, but few could match the Peterborough Evening Telegraph's front page tale of two women who
chose today for their civil partnership - and to change their names to Valentine.
The ET notes that they will join some 16,000 same-sex couples who have tied the knot since civil partnerships were introduced in December 2005.
The pair, both in their early 40s, have seven daughters between them from previous marriages. They met while working in the recycling department at Hotpoint's factory in Woodston, Peterborough, trained as a team for the 2004 London Marathon and ran together for charity.
Civil partnerships have brought happiness to thousands so far. They have also marked a sea-change in attitudes by the Great British public and much-wider acceptance of diversity which has to be welcomed.
Equality legislation was a major legacy of the Labour Government's of the 1960s and 1970s. It's good to know that New Labour has built on the solid achievements laid down by good old Mr Wilson.