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Monday 3 March 2008

Alan Duncan to 'marry' his partner

Conservative MP Alan Duncan is to take part in a Civil Partnership ceremony with his partner James Dunseath, according to this article in the Telegraph and the couple's announcement today in the Court & Social pages of the same newspaper.

Alan Duncan will be the first member of either the Cabinet or the Shadow Cabinet to become civilly partnered. I offer he and his partner my sincere congratulations.

PS/ It is remarkable how the Conservative Party, often thought to be (and actually being) 'behind the curve' on so many changes affecting social life in Britain is occasionally surprisingly ahead of it with this latest development and the election of the first female Prime Minister in 1979. Of course, MPs and MSPs (possibly AMs too, for all I know) from other political parties have already taken part in Civil Partnership ceremonies; the day will come I hope when such events become so ubiquitous that they go remarked only by their close friends and family and by the wider public only because they happen to be in the public eye, not specially because they are gay.

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