I loved the way they invited several of their guests to ask them questions
To which they could say
Of course they wrote their own personal vows
which they kept secret from each other until the day
and which would have brought a tear to the proverbial glass eye
The guests absolutely loved it
Not least because they asked their mums to be witnesses
And then off they went to start the party
and enjoy a delicious dinner
Much has changed since Ewan and Stewart first met all those years ago.
The age of consent was 21 then: now it’s 16.
And of course same-sex marriage is now legal here in Scotland, which is wonderful.
But one thing hasn’t changed.
Homophobia is alive and well.
It thrives in all sorts of institutions, including education, the law and the armed services.
I’ve conducted a lot of same-sex weddings, and in every case until now, I haven’t been able to write about them because it might jeopardise the careers – or even the lives – of the participants.
Until people are able to be open about their sexuality, I will continue to have to continue to disguise the identities of my same-sex couples.
Stewart and Ewan’s wedding was one of the most moving and meaningful ceremonies I’ve ever had the privilege of conducting, but it frustrates both them and me that there are two important things missing from these fabulous photographs of their extremely happy day: their faces.
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