Making History in York

21/04/2014 by hannahssmith13

I’m Jo, the Secretary of the York LGBT Forum.  Jo and Catherine

I’m also a newlywed…but what I didn’t know when I married the love of my life last Thursday was that we would be making history when we became the first same sex couple to marry in York.

We never knew any of this would happen when we fell in love.
To us, despite what it was called, we felt that Catherine would be my wife, and I hers and we would be married, regardless of the rest of the world calling us Civil Partners.  However when the registrar said ‘Will you take Catherine to be your wife’ I was so overwhelmed with so much emotion. The fact that our marriage is validated in law as being just as sacred, legal and important as a heterosexual one actually means a lot more to me than I thought it did.

We have yet to encounter any homophobia or discrimination. Every single part of our wedding was full of love, happiness and positive people, from the hotel, to the photographer, to the registrars, to the florist, to the fantastic and slightly crazy DJ. We’re preparing ourselves for a bit of a battle with the less lesbian friendly banks and formal institutions when we take our double barrelled surname to them but in the meantime we’re sitting in Cumbria, with a glass of sparkly, reliving the day that we made history.

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