Ever so softly it feels like it’s have crept in.
A gentleman or lady apologetically taking a seat after arriving late to the party and grateful to have finally been invited as opposed the apocalypse-inducing, incest epidemic creating, duck overlords ruling the world shit storm a whole bunch of idiots tried to have us believe.
We’re of course talking about the gay marriage bill.
It’s been a funny old journey – Cameron has been stumbling along over this for far too long, particularly when you consider most polls (at least those not worded ambiguously) show more people in the UK support gay marriage rather than oppose it including half of religious people. Considering MPs are elected to be the voice of the people and represent our views in the House of Commons you’d think things would have moved a bit quicker.
Anyway now the Bill has finally passed through its third reading in the House of Lords and could be made law as soon as the end of this very week.
Here at The Spin Alley we’re thrilled for same-sex couples everywhere (in England and Wales) but imagine there are going to be some pretty uncomfortable conversations taking place when the law does come in. The whole “We’ve been together XX months/years/decades. Now that we can, shouldn’t we get married?” question suddenly becomes real. No longer will you have the fall-back of a bigoted outdated law to cushion your fall.
You could argue that the same might have been true when civil partnerships were introduced and many same-sex couples may still choose this route as opposed to marriage – after all the whole ‘why would people want to take part in a Christian tradition when some parts of Christianity refuse to accept your existence’ argument is, dare we say it, a valid one. But something tells us there will be some pretty big break-ups once marriage is on the cards.
Hetero or homo the age old question of ‘when can we get married?’ can linger over your relationship like stale gym clothes that haven’t been washed for a month.
Sooner or later you may want to smother yourself with them.
Angharad is a former radio journalist balancing a career in PR with an insatiable writing habit that spans more topics than she can count on her smaller-than-average hands. She's passionate about the media, women's rights and politics with a love of travel, culture, entertainment and all things lifestyle on the side. Interests include prolific online shopping (bit of a reputation in the office), musicals, dinosaurs (be honest, they're awesome) and tweeting anything and everything from @Welsh_PR