Same-sex couples line up to get married in Oxfordshire

Lord Harries, the former Bishop of Oxford

Lord Harries, the former Bishop of Oxford

First published in News Banbury Cake: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington. Call me on 01865 425431

FORTY-FIVE same sex couples have already set a date to tie the knot in Oxfordshire.

Gay marriage becomes legal in the UK today after years of campaigning.

In the county, 12 couples have booked dates for April, five in May, 14 in June, and more throughout the summer – 45 out 1,318 ceremonies planned.

Superintendent registrar for Oxfordshire, Alicja Gilroy, said: “We did anticipate this. There were a group of people who didn’t want to have Civil Partnerships, waiting for marriage to come in, and they are delighted to have the opportunity finally.”

Civil Partnerships were introduced in the UK in 2004, but couples in those partnerships now wanting to get married will have to dissolve them to do so.

The former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries, has said he “rejoices” in the introduction of gay marriage, while the current Bishop, John Pritchard, has said he hopes that any of his parishioners still against it will respect the Biblical interpretations of others.

Lord Harries signed a letter, along with 13 religious leaders from Christianity and Judaism, welcoming the news.

The letter states: “As persons of faith we welcome this further development in our marriage law, which has evolved over the centuries in response to change in society and in scientific knowledge.”

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5:39pm Sat 29 Mar 14

rowdy says...

Sorry don't agree with it , was ordained for the procreation of mankind . If people are in a relationship and want to become civil partners I have no problem with that................
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Sorry don't agree with it , was ordained for the procreation of mankind . If people are in a relationship and want to become civil partners I have no problem with that................ .!!!!!!!!!!!! rowdy
  • Score: -18

5:56pm Sat 29 Mar 14

WitneyGreen says...

rowdy wrote:
Sorry don't agree with it , was ordained for the procreation of mankind . If people are in a relationship and want to become civil partners I have no problem with that................

.!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am infertile and can't 'procreate'. Does this mean I shouldn't get married either?
[quote][p][bold]rowdy[/bold] wrote: Sorry don't agree with it , was ordained for the procreation of mankind . If people are in a relationship and want to become civil partners I have no problem with that................ .!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I am infertile and can't 'procreate'. Does this mean I shouldn't get married either? WitneyGreen
  • Score: 26

7:39pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Madi50n says...

rowdy wrote:
Sorry don't agree with it , was ordained for the procreation of mankind . If people are in a relationship and want to become civil partners I have no problem with that................

.!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, infertile people, post-menopausal women, anyone incapable of having children can never get married?

Ridiculous argument, used to cover up homophobia.

I am deeply thankful that throwbacks like you are a dying breed.
[quote][p][bold]rowdy[/bold] wrote: Sorry don't agree with it , was ordained for the procreation of mankind . If people are in a relationship and want to become civil partners I have no problem with that................ .!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]So, infertile people, post-menopausal women, anyone incapable of having children can never get married? Ridiculous argument, used to cover up homophobia. I am deeply thankful that throwbacks like you are a dying breed. Madi50n
  • Score: 19

10:26pm Sat 29 Mar 14

rowdy says...

Both comments made have taken what I said to the extreme, I meant same sex couples and I am not a throwback or an extremist...........
!!!!!
Both comments made have taken what I said to the extreme, I meant same sex couples and I am not a throwback or an extremist........... !!!!! rowdy
  • Score: -14

10:26pm Sat 29 Mar 14

rowdy says...

Both comments made have taken what I said to the extreme, I meant same sex couples and I am not a throwback or an extremist...........
!!!!!
Both comments made have taken what I said to the extreme, I meant same sex couples and I am not a throwback or an extremist........... !!!!! rowdy
  • Score: -17

10:47pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Madi50n says...

rowdy wrote:
Both comments made have taken what I said to the extreme, I meant same sex couples and I am not a throwback or an extremist...........

!!!!!
So you don't deny you are a homophobe? At least you're honest.

You said marriage was ordained for procreation, therefore anyone who can't procreate should be getting married.

Your argument is so full of holes you could use it as a colander.

Try joining us in the 21st century, it must be dark back there in the Middle Ages.
[quote][p][bold]rowdy[/bold] wrote: Both comments made have taken what I said to the extreme, I meant same sex couples and I am not a throwback or an extremist........... !!!!![/p][/quote]So you don't deny you are a homophobe? At least you're honest. You said marriage was ordained for procreation, therefore anyone who can't procreate should be getting married. Your argument is so full of holes you could use it as a colander. Try joining us in the 21st century, it must be dark back there in the Middle Ages. Madi50n
  • Score: 15

10:48pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Madi50n says...

Doh! spot the glaring typo.
Doh! spot the glaring typo. Madi50n
  • Score: 7

8:09am Sun 30 Mar 14

Kevin_E says...

Great news for gay couples. Good news for those of us who don't think government should be controlling every aspect of our lives.

If you don't like the idea of gay marriage, just make sure that everyone you marry is a different gender to you.
Great news for gay couples. Good news for those of us who don't think government should be controlling every aspect of our lives. If you don't like the idea of gay marriage, just make sure that everyone you marry is a different gender to you. Kevin_E
  • Score: 15

10:08am Sun 30 Mar 14

dant40 says...

David Cameron face when he welcomed it the other day. Makes you wonder if he had a bit of venture why at university. This is totally not right. You can see this being part of a school sex education in the future don't make sense Briton is the first to rise awareness about aids and sending money out to the poor country's of no fault of their own, and our church's and government allow it.
David Cameron face when he welcomed it the other day. Makes you wonder if he had a bit of venture why at university. This is totally not right. You can see this being part of a school sex education in the future don't make sense Briton is the first to rise awareness about aids and sending money out to the poor country's of no fault of their own, and our church's and government allow it. dant40
  • Score: -11

10:43am Sun 30 Mar 14

rowdy says...

Madi50n wrote:
rowdy wrote:
Both comments made have taken what I said to the extreme, I meant same sex couples and I am not a throwback or an extremist...........


!!!!!
So you don't deny you are a homophobe? At least you're honest.

You said marriage was ordained for procreation, therefore anyone who can't procreate should be getting married.

Your argument is so full of holes you could use it as a colander.

Try joining us in the 21st century, it must be dark back there in the Middle Ages.
You obviously have a chip on your shoulder..........!!
!
[quote][p][bold]Madi50n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rowdy[/bold] wrote: Both comments made have taken what I said to the extreme, I meant same sex couples and I am not a throwback or an extremist........... !!!!![/p][/quote]So you don't deny you are a homophobe? At least you're honest. You said marriage was ordained for procreation, therefore anyone who can't procreate should be getting married. Your argument is so full of holes you could use it as a colander. Try joining us in the 21st century, it must be dark back there in the Middle Ages.[/p][/quote]You obviously have a chip on your shoulder..........!! ! rowdy
  • Score: -14

1:37pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Madi50n wrote:
rowdy wrote:
Both comments made have taken what I said to the extreme, I meant same sex couples and I am not a throwback or an extremist...........


!!!!!
So you don't deny you are a homophobe? At least you're honest.

You said marriage was ordained for procreation, therefore anyone who can't procreate should be getting married.

Your argument is so full of holes you could use it as a colander.

Try joining us in the 21st century, it must be dark back there in the Middle Ages.
"Homophobe"=someone with an irrational fear of things which are identical. Where does it say he gets a fit of the vapours when he sees identical twins? But please OM show the picture which was on the telly last night of the 2 gigantic ladies, head to toe in white meringue, trying to clutch each other. I nearly choked with laughter.
[quote][p][bold]Madi50n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rowdy[/bold] wrote: Both comments made have taken what I said to the extreme, I meant same sex couples and I am not a throwback or an extremist........... !!!!![/p][/quote]So you don't deny you are a homophobe? At least you're honest. You said marriage was ordained for procreation, therefore anyone who can't procreate should be getting married. Your argument is so full of holes you could use it as a colander. Try joining us in the 21st century, it must be dark back there in the Middle Ages.[/p][/quote]"Homophobe"=someone with an irrational fear of things which are identical. Where does it say he gets a fit of the vapours when he sees identical twins? But please OM show the picture which was on the telly last night of the 2 gigantic ladies, head to toe in white meringue, trying to clutch each other. I nearly choked with laughter. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -9

2:17pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Kevin_E wrote:
Great news for gay couples. Good news for those of us who don't think government should be controlling every aspect of our lives.

If you don't like the idea of gay marriage, just make sure that everyone you marry is a different gender to you.
Gender is an etymological term, such that a little girl in German is neuter, a table in French feminine. If you mean "sex", don't be shy, just say it.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin_E[/bold] wrote: Great news for gay couples. Good news for those of us who don't think government should be controlling every aspect of our lives. If you don't like the idea of gay marriage, just make sure that everyone you marry is a different gender to you.[/p][/quote]Gender is an etymological term, such that a little girl in German is neuter, a table in French feminine. If you mean "sex", don't be shy, just say it. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -11

2:51pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Madi50n says...

A 5, a 7 & an 8 so far.

http://www.buzzfeed.
com/tomphillips/the-
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A 5, a 7 & an 8 so far. http://www.buzzfeed. com/tomphillips/the- 12-types-of-people-y ou-find-in-news-webi te-comments Madi50n
  • Score: 5

4:06pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

dant40 wrote:
David Cameron face when he welcomed it the other day. Makes you wonder if he had a bit of venture why at university. This is totally not right. You can see this being part of a school sex education in the future don't make sense Briton is the first to rise awareness about aids and sending money out to the poor country's of no fault of their own, and our church's and government allow it.
Can't say I saw his face but if I'd made such an error of judgment I'd feel grim. When Bliar asked his advisors whether he'd lose any votes if he banned toffs chasing vermin the answer was "No Prime Minister" When our Dave asked the same about Mock Marriage the answer was "yes, quite few PM". Yet he went ahead. Me? Doesn't bother. Bit of light relief (viz the Meringues) in a country taxed to perdition and so sensitive that the slightest remark can cause PTSD. The homosexual single issue fanatics didn't use violence to achieve their ends and it didn't require the permission of the disgusting EU. Plus with any luck it'll stop vociferous homosexuals ranting about their unique victimhood. As to "he had a bit of venture why at university" he probably had a "crush" on a person of the same sex at school. Most of us do. Then we move on to the next stage, getting to grips (if you're that lucky) with someone of the opposite sex.. That's what it's about, isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]dant40[/bold] wrote: David Cameron face when he welcomed it the other day. Makes you wonder if he had a bit of venture why at university. This is totally not right. You can see this being part of a school sex education in the future don't make sense Briton is the first to rise awareness about aids and sending money out to the poor country's of no fault of their own, and our church's and government allow it.[/p][/quote]Can't say I saw his face but if I'd made such an error of judgment I'd feel grim. When Bliar asked his advisors whether he'd lose any votes if he banned toffs chasing vermin the answer was "No Prime Minister" When our Dave asked the same about Mock Marriage the answer was "yes, quite few PM". Yet he went ahead. Me? Doesn't bother. Bit of light relief (viz the Meringues) in a country taxed to perdition and so sensitive that the slightest remark can cause PTSD. The homosexual single issue fanatics didn't use violence to achieve their ends and it didn't require the permission of the disgusting EU. Plus with any luck it'll stop vociferous homosexuals ranting about their unique victimhood. As to "he had a bit of venture why at university" he probably had a "crush" on a person of the same sex at school. Most of us do. Then we move on to the next stage, getting to grips (if you're that lucky) with someone of the opposite sex.. That's what it's about, isn't it? Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -15

5:37pm Sun 30 Mar 14

The New Private Eye says...

This is great news for the divorce lawyers, and whole new set of customers for them to get their teeth into, and seeing as gay relationships break down far more quickly that non-gay (% wise) then they (the divorce lawyers) must be licking their lips.
This is great news for the divorce lawyers, and whole new set of customers for them to get their teeth into, and seeing as gay relationships break down far more quickly that non-gay (% wise) then they (the divorce lawyers) must be licking their lips. The New Private Eye
  • Score: -12

9:09am Mon 31 Mar 14

livid99 says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
dant40 wrote:
David Cameron face when he welcomed it the other day. Makes you wonder if he had a bit of venture why at university. This is totally not right. You can see this being part of a school sex education in the future don't make sense Briton is the first to rise awareness about aids and sending money out to the poor country's of no fault of their own, and our church's and government allow it.
Can't say I saw his face but if I'd made such an error of judgment I'd feel grim. When Bliar asked his advisors whether he'd lose any votes if he banned toffs chasing vermin the answer was "No Prime Minister" When our Dave asked the same about Mock Marriage the answer was "yes, quite few PM". Yet he went ahead. Me? Doesn't bother. Bit of light relief (viz the Meringues) in a country taxed to perdition and so sensitive that the slightest remark can cause PTSD. The homosexual single issue fanatics didn't use violence to achieve their ends and it didn't require the permission of the disgusting EU. Plus with any luck it'll stop vociferous homosexuals ranting about their unique victimhood. As to "he had a bit of venture why at university" he probably had a "crush" on a person of the same sex at school. Most of us do. Then we move on to the next stage, getting to grips (if you're that lucky) with someone of the opposite sex.. That's what it's about, isn't it?
""The homosexual single issue fanatics didn't use violence to achieve their ends and it didn't require the permission of the disgusting EU. Plus with any luck it'll stop vociferous homosexuals ranting about their unique victimhood.""

Exactly ! Maybe now they will stop going on and on about it. It may surprise, or even upset, some homosexuals, but there are people who really don't care about your sexuality.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dant40[/bold] wrote: David Cameron face when he welcomed it the other day. Makes you wonder if he had a bit of venture why at university. This is totally not right. You can see this being part of a school sex education in the future don't make sense Briton is the first to rise awareness about aids and sending money out to the poor country's of no fault of their own, and our church's and government allow it.[/p][/quote]Can't say I saw his face but if I'd made such an error of judgment I'd feel grim. When Bliar asked his advisors whether he'd lose any votes if he banned toffs chasing vermin the answer was "No Prime Minister" When our Dave asked the same about Mock Marriage the answer was "yes, quite few PM". Yet he went ahead. Me? Doesn't bother. Bit of light relief (viz the Meringues) in a country taxed to perdition and so sensitive that the slightest remark can cause PTSD. The homosexual single issue fanatics didn't use violence to achieve their ends and it didn't require the permission of the disgusting EU. Plus with any luck it'll stop vociferous homosexuals ranting about their unique victimhood. As to "he had a bit of venture why at university" he probably had a "crush" on a person of the same sex at school. Most of us do. Then we move on to the next stage, getting to grips (if you're that lucky) with someone of the opposite sex.. That's what it's about, isn't it?[/p][/quote]""The homosexual single issue fanatics didn't use violence to achieve their ends and it didn't require the permission of the disgusting EU. Plus with any luck it'll stop vociferous homosexuals ranting about their unique victimhood."" Exactly ! Maybe now they will stop going on and on about it. It may surprise, or even upset, some homosexuals, but there are people who really don't care about your sexuality. livid99
  • Score: -2

9:38am Wed 2 Apr 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

surely the next big battle will be when schools are forced to "teach" about homosexual relationships in sex education?
surely the next big battle will be when schools are forced to "teach" about homosexual relationships in sex education? yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -6

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