Saturday, 29 December 2012
Mr & Mr
A couple of friends of ours got "married" in a civil partnership last week. About bloody time, we all thought - they'd been together for nearly eighteen years. It was all very theatrical (the ceremony was at Norwich Puppet Theatre), and camper than a row of tents at Christmas. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.
A couple of days later, in his annual Christmas message, Pope Benedict XVI condemned homosexuality as a "transgression against nature", and an "attack" on the family, while the Catholic Primate of England, Vincent Nichols, in a BBC interview on Christmas Eve called the government's plans for gay marriage a "real disaster", and "undemocratic".
For our friends, their sexuality is the most natural thing in the world for them, but for their union to be denounced by a couple of celibate old guys who wear frocks strikes me as more than a little bizarre, and at this time of year, somewhat churlish.
Peace on earth to all mankind (but not if you're that way inclined...)