Language and Equal Marriage

Andrew McFarland Campbell

One year ago today Michael and I formed our civil partnership – that is to day we went through a process of signing paperwork in the presence of witnesses that made our relationship official in the eyes of the law. Had we been an opposite-sex couple, it would have been a civil wedding.

Being a loving and dutiful civil partner, I got Michael an anniversary card. I looked in various shops, and I saw cards that cost 50p and cards that cost £5. I saw cards with romantic designs, and cards with cartoons. I saw cards the size of your hand, and I saw cards the size of a small child. There was one thing I didn’t see. There were plenty of anniversary cards for husbands, and plenty of anniversary cards for wives, but I didn’t see any for civil partners.

“Civil partner” is a very peculiar  term, in my…

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About Andrew McFarland Campbell

I'm Andrew. Belfast born, Cambridge educated, living in Dublin. Married to John. I earn my living by writing, mainly documentation, but I write fiction as well. I am a liberal Christian and founded Faith and Pride.

Posted on 6 May, 2012, in Marriage, Quick thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. congratulations, Andrew and Michael! and many more happy years to come… great wee piece in the nature of ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ by the way.

  2. congratulations Michael and Andrew! God bless! love you guys… by the way great wee piece on the usage of ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ in today’s society, Andrew. xoxo

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