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.


Louise Baldock said...

It is a lovely story, no question about that.

I went to school with a girl whose surname was Valentine, Jane Valentine in Tamworth. I always thought it was a great name.

Liverpool Daily Post had a lovely story too, of a blind couple who married about 12 years ago. They met when their guide dogs fell for each other and kept insisting on sitting together at social occasions.

But not to wander away from your point about civil ceremonies, I feel very proud that it was our Labour government that created the chance for so many couples who have been together for such a long time to finally tie the knot

I'm raising a glass of champagne to them all

fairdealphil said...


thanks for your comment...

the guide dogs is a good story too, but better not have any more to drink tonight, as i have a long drive up your way tomorrow.