Thursday, December 22, 2005

Quote Unquote

Hearty congratulations to newlyweds Elton John and David Furnish, who finally got married yesterday after waiting for 12 long years for their union to be considered legal. However, I think someone might have forgotten to inform the BBC that their nuptials are officially, 100% above-board. Why else would there be quotation marks in every article surrounding the event? At a glance:

  • Stars pack Elton 'wedding' party
  • Thursday's newspapers revel in the "marriage" of Sir Elton John to long-term partner David Furnish.
  • Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish become one of the first gay couples in England to 'marry' in a civil partnership ceremony.

What gives? It was a real wedding, they did marry, and it was recognised by the state. The BBC's implied "yes, but" attitude on this is more than a little arcane... not to mention patronising. Plus ├ža change, then!


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