We think they’re doing it for the right reasons. We’re sure they’re not homophobic in any way, shape or form-fitting panty liner. And it sort of seems fair enough. So why does Tom Freeman and Kathy Doyle’s attempt to have a civil partnership instead of a wedding smell a little? Just a little. Not a big old handbag-over-face-when-a-homeless-sits-next-to-you-on-the-bus stink. Just a little nose-wrinkle.
First of all, their desire to become ‘the first heterosexual couple to have a civil partnership’ smacks a little of proposing to your prospective partner live on GMTV. ‘Showing off’ it’s called where we come from.
Second of all, what exactly is their point? One of the clever things about getting civil partnerships through without people in funny hats (also known as religious leaders) getting their panties up their bums was to not call it marriage but for it to be identical to marriage in every way. We thought that was smart. So what are these two missing out on exactly? You can still have a non-religious ceremony. In Islington Town Hall (who have refused them the cp). Probably by that homophobic twat who won’t marry the gays despite putting it about a bit herself.
And third of all, we don’t think we’re actually at a place where we need to worry about straight folks being discriminated against quite yet.
‘Although I have spent much of my life campaigning against homophobia, I am equally opposed to heterophobic discrimination,’ says Peter Tatchell off-of ‘get a job’. ‘I applaud Katherine and Tom and support their bid for heterosexual equality.’
So, what do we think of that? Let’s have a heated debate.