The ArgusBrighton Pavilion launches contest to become city's first married same sex couple (From The Argus)

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Brighton Pavilion launches contest to become city's first married same sex couple

The Argus: The Royal Pavilion's music room The Royal Pavilion's music room

One lucky couple will be given the chance to make double history when same sex marriages come into force later this year.

Brighton and Hove City Council is offering one couple the chance to become one of the first in the country to take part in a same-sex marriage at one minute past midnight on March 29.

As well as the city’s first late-night wedding the council will be opening up the Royal Pavilion’s music room as a wedding venue for the first time.

The council is also waiving venue hire and registrar fees, saving the lucky couple thousands of pounds on their special day.

This opportunity is open to any same-sex couple planning and legally able to be married in Brighton and Hove on March 29 and the couple with the most compelling case will be selected for the honour.

The selected couple will be able to invite up to 80 guests. All other wedding costs, including accommodation, transport, catering, reception or other room hire must be met by the couple.

The council has also stipulated the couple must be willing for the media to be present at the ceremony and to appear in publicity about the historic moment.

Couples in existing civil partnerships cannot apply as the legislation to convert a civil partnership to a marriage has not yet been announced.

Councillor Leo Littman, lead councillor for city services, said the Royal Pavilion was a venue close to his heart following his own wedding at the opulent Regency landmark in 2007.

He said: “You can feel the excitement build towards the city’s first same-sex wedding in March.

“Holding the first ceremony in our grand, historic Royal Pavilion gives the city the chance to show itself for what it is; egalitarian, forward looking and also with a real respect for our history.”

Trevor Love, senior ceremonies registrar, said: “We’ve been taking enquiries for more than a year from couples wanting to know when we will be able to offer same-sex weddings.

“Even before the government announced the official date we were inundated with people wanting to be married as soon as the law allowed and asking to go on a waiting list.

“The ceremony we have planned is going to be a wonderful celebration for the happy couple and the city.”

Couples are invited to write or email Brighton and Hove City Council Register Office explaining why the Royal Pavilion is special for them and what it would mean to be married there.

The closing date for applications to be received is January 31 and the lucky winning couple will be announced on Valentine’s Day.

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5:39pm Wed 8 Jan 14

DC78 says...

Good luck Brighton Pavilion on it's same-sex wedding. I hope you're not marrying the pier, it cheated on me with the marina.
Good luck Brighton Pavilion on it's same-sex wedding. I hope you're not marrying the pier, it cheated on me with the marina. DC78
  • Score: 10

7:35pm Wed 8 Jan 14

jimpy762 says...

Can't see how they got together, did they meet on the internet?
Can't see how they got together, did they meet on the internet? jimpy762
  • Score: -3

8:12pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Seventh Circle says...

I'm not homophobic but surely the offer should extend to all marriages.. same sex or otherwise...I thought the whole point of the legislation is that no one is excluded from getting married regardless of sexual orientation... smacks of heterosexualphobia if you ask me ... or are gay marriages more exclusive than heterosexual ones?
I'm not homophobic but surely the offer should extend to all marriages.. same sex or otherwise...I thought the whole point of the legislation is that no one is excluded from getting married regardless of sexual orientation... smacks of heterosexualphobia if you ask me ... or are gay marriages more exclusive than heterosexual ones? Seventh Circle
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9:26pm Wed 8 Jan 14

straightasadye says...

Hermaphrodites are not my cup of tea.
Hermaphrodites are not my cup of tea. straightasadye
  • Score: -7

9:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Nobleox says...

straightasadye wrote:
Hermaphrodites are not my cup of tea.
Nor mine! They keep eating my plants.
[quote][p][bold]straightasadye[/bold] wrote: Hermaphrodites are not my cup of tea.[/p][/quote]Nor mine! They keep eating my plants. Nobleox
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10:31pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Pepperpot1989 says...

Seventh Circle wrote:
I'm not homophobic but surely the offer should extend to all marriages.. same sex or otherwise...I thought the whole point of the legislation is that no one is excluded from getting married regardless of sexual orientation... smacks of heterosexualphobia if you ask me ... or are gay marriages more exclusive than heterosexual ones?
Heterosexual couples have had centuries to be the first to be married in all sorts of wonderful locations, including the Pavilion. Seems a bit mean spirited to try and take this celebration away from those who haven't had the chance to be first before.
[quote][p][bold]Seventh Circle[/bold] wrote: I'm not homophobic but surely the offer should extend to all marriages.. same sex or otherwise...I thought the whole point of the legislation is that no one is excluded from getting married regardless of sexual orientation... smacks of heterosexualphobia if you ask me ... or are gay marriages more exclusive than heterosexual ones?[/p][/quote]Heterosexual couples have had centuries to be the first to be married in all sorts of wonderful locations, including the Pavilion. Seems a bit mean spirited to try and take this celebration away from those who haven't had the chance to be first before. Pepperpot1989
  • Score: 5

10:42pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Take it Personally says...

Seventh Circle wrote:
I'm not homophobic but surely the offer should extend to all marriages.. same sex or otherwise...I thought the whole point of the legislation is that no one is excluded from getting married regardless of sexual orientation... smacks of heterosexualphobia if you ask me ... or are gay marriages more exclusive than heterosexual ones?
are you really that stupid?
[quote][p][bold]Seventh Circle[/bold] wrote: I'm not homophobic but surely the offer should extend to all marriages.. same sex or otherwise...I thought the whole point of the legislation is that no one is excluded from getting married regardless of sexual orientation... smacks of heterosexualphobia if you ask me ... or are gay marriages more exclusive than heterosexual ones?[/p][/quote]are you really that stupid? Take it Personally
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11:11pm Wed 8 Jan 14

whoee! says...

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11:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Take it Personally says...

whoee! wrote:
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[quote][p][bold]whoee![/bold] wrote: I don't think they realise that normal decent people just don't care.Please stop ramming it down our throats so to speak lol zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzz[/p][/quote](yawwwwn) Take it Personally
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11:57pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

And what is a normal decent person and who makes that ruling? Are you the queen of judging that whoee?
For all we know your normal and decent could well be scamming benefits.
And what is a normal decent person and who makes that ruling? Are you the queen of judging that whoee? For all we know your normal and decent could well be scamming benefits. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 6

5:24am Thu 9 Jan 14

power_ranger says...

I'm not homophobic, but...
I'm not homophobic, but... power_ranger
  • Score: 7

5:29am Thu 9 Jan 14

power_ranger says...

whoee! wrote:
I don't think they realise that normal decent people just don't care.Please stop ramming it down our throats so to speak lol zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Ramming it down your throat?

From a gay person's perspective, a marriage we have never been able to have is "rammed down our throat" every family/friend wedding invite, every soap opera , drama and film marriage, every debate on arranged marriages, sham marriages, every time we see wedding photos of heterosexual couple's wedding days, even our parents happy day.

I would suggest you acclimatize yourself to it and take equal marriage for what it is, as I suspect you are going to be seeing it in society all around you as of next year, for the rest of your life.
On a personal note you appear to be a complete tool, try addressing that too.
[quote][p][bold]whoee![/bold] wrote: I don't think they realise that normal decent people just don't care.Please stop ramming it down our throats so to speak lol zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzz[/p][/quote]Ramming it down your throat? From a gay person's perspective, a marriage we have never been able to have is "rammed down our throat" every family/friend wedding invite, every soap opera , drama and film marriage, every debate on arranged marriages, sham marriages, every time we see wedding photos of heterosexual couple's wedding days, even our parents happy day. I would suggest you acclimatize yourself to it and take equal marriage for what it is, as I suspect you are going to be seeing it in society all around you as of next year, for the rest of your life. On a personal note you appear to be a complete tool, try addressing that too. power_ranger
  • Score: 4

11:01am Thu 9 Jan 14

SteveP@Hurstpierpoint says...

I note that power ranger is playing the " abusive comments" card with the comment "On a personal note you appear to be a complete tool, try addressing that too". May I point out the lines below that say " Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious". so steady on Dear "its only a comments page" as Michael Winner would say.
I note that power ranger is playing the " abusive comments" card with the comment "On a personal note you appear to be a complete tool, try addressing that too". May I point out the lines below that say " Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious". so steady on Dear "its only a comments page" as Michael Winner would say. SteveP@Hurstpierpoint
  • Score: 0

11:38am Thu 9 Jan 14

Metro Reader says...

Brighton Pavilion launches contest to become city's first married same sex couple. A number of words are missing from the headline.
Should read:-
Brighton Pavilion launches contest to CONDUCT the city's first same sex Marriage.

I have aways said that civil partnerships (not that we have gay marriage) shuld be available to all, unless Civil Partnerships are to be abolished.
Brighton Pavilion launches contest to become city's first married same sex couple. A number of words are missing from the headline. Should read:- Brighton Pavilion launches contest to CONDUCT the city's first same sex Marriage. I have aways said that civil partnerships (not that we have gay marriage) shuld be available to all, unless Civil Partnerships are to be abolished. Metro Reader
  • Score: 0

1:52am Fri 10 Jan 14

jimpy762 says...

Marry in haste, repent at leisure. Even if you are a building.
Marry in haste, repent at leisure. Even if you are a building. jimpy762
  • Score: 0

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