New year’s eve 1999. My wife, my Mum, my Dad and I were in a small villa in southern Spain at a party with some old family friends. I have known them for as long as I can remember and they have always been great fun, their invite to, what turned out to be, a great party was welcome and very generous, they also happen to be gay.
Until recently had one of them been injured or become seriously ill the other would not have had automatic visiting rights at hospital or any say in resuscitation decision. I cannot imagine how I would feel if Susie were in that situation and I was not allowed to be involved. For me this argument is the plainest and simplest reason for supporting civil partnerships.
I like marriage and I think that in most cases if is a force for good, I also strongly believe in the family, I don’t feel that the two are incompatible. Gay “marriage” takes nothing away from heterosexual marriage and while there will be some civil partnerships which are done for the wrong reasons the same can be said of straight marriage.
Best of luck I say.