Tuesday, January 03, 2012


July 7th this year is our 31st anniversary. We met, I went to his home and never left. It was love at first sight. It was Tuesday July 7th 1981, early evening.

We are to marry at Ely Registry Office at 3pm on Saturday July 7th 2012.

When we first met we never dreamed that would happen. There was an awful lot of hatred for us from the Religious Right and the Church in those days which only got worse. We wondered if we'd get old or be in camps by now like during WWII. There was talk of this when HIV firs hit. MP's suggested we all be interned in camps and put on an island somewhere.

Yet instead we are to marry. Whilst it is called a Civil Partnership, the present Conservative Prime Minister has stated that it will become full marriage with all the same rights. Right now we will have financial and next of kin security which is all we want. We don't want anyone to interfere medically with either of us and should John die, I will receive his pension just as a wife would. All our legal documents will state we are legally a couple.

There are some gay people against this. I don't accept their arguments as to why and strongly object to them trying to do to us what str8's have done to us always! They seem to think we are not gay enough and want to be 'pretend' str8's. How puerile! No it's about security and being legally recognised. I don't give a toss what anyone else accepts or doesn't. As for not being gay enough, I cannot think of anything more radical than living an ordinary life right in the midst of all the str8's, not needing to live in a gay ghetto in  order to feel validated.

Now what to wear? Will I be seated in Daniel? Or will I be stood up on my sticks? Subdued clothing or all out dog show outfit? Crumbs, only 6 months to get ready!


valerieB Canada said...

Congratulations, Colin!! I am so happy for you and John. Where and when is the honeymoon going to be?
Wonderful news!

Stracey said...

Congratulations to you and John Colin! I'm so happy for both of you.


Georgina said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations - I cannot wait to see your outfit and pics of the happy day!

Yarnhog said...

Fantastic! Congratulations. :)

Saylor said...

Colin, I am so happy for you! I am truly lucky that i was able to find someone to love, and have not been restricted on showing or celebrating my love, simply because i am hetero. I have always supported equal marriage, knowing that love between two consenting adults is always something to celebrate, not to hate.
And don't worry, I am sure you will look absolutely fabulous.

Bente T said...

Congratulations, Colin! I'm glad that you and John will soon be married. I wish you luck in your future life.
Of course you will look lovely as usual.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news! It is lovely to see such a steadfast love finally publicly acknowledged!