Gabriella Davis July 29 2008 12:27:59 PMI had the pleasure of going to the wedding of 2 friends of mine who were finally able to get married after 13 years together thanks to the new Civil Partnerhsip laws in the UK. The whole ceremony was lovely despite the actual wording the registrar himself has to use which is all a bit bloodless and un-romantic
I declare that I know of no legal reason why we may not register as each others civil partner. I understand that upon signing the document we will be forming a
civil partnership with each other.
Compare to the wording for a civil ceremony for a wedding which starts
I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I ..................... may not be joined in matrimony to
................... and I call upon these persons here present to witness that I ................. do take you ...............to be my lawful wedded wife / husband
You can only register a civil partnership if you are in a same-sex relationship and it's not permitted for friends who are living together to do so but the word 'wedding' is not allowed either (I assume because someone would have to re-define the meaning of 'wedding' 'husband' and 'wife' in countless laws and no-one wants to do that) but surely we can come up with suitable wording that can be used in both cases.
Highlight of the evening was the first dance - the theme tune from Minder (a british TV series from the 80s).
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