As a trainee journalist in Cumbria many years ago, every so often I would have to write wedding reports.
You would go down to the front office and pick up a sheet of paper, on which one of the families of the married had answered about ten easy questions and attached a photo of the happy couple.
From that you would whip up a 200-250 word story to go in the paper , which would usually go in the Saturday edition, or whenever there was a space to fill.
It was easy then as the was clearly a bride and a groom. But what about in these enlightened times? Do we say groom 1 or groom 2 or dare I say 'top' and 'bottom!'
Indeed, what can we say except have a look at this report from the News of the World (where else?) of Hamilton priest Rev Dr David Lord (left) and his English 'husband' Rev Peter Cornwall.
They are the ones who recently staged a ceremony in London, which is shaking the Church of England to its foundations.
The UK Daily Mail has more pix, including the seven tier cake, and this post could well be their first exposure in New Zealand.
Now, in the mid-90s, I worked for the Waikato Times, but I cannot really remember if the paper featured wedding reports too. If it does, then some young trainee has an interesting wedding report to write up. Unless, of course they can simply 'take it off the wire.'
UPDATE: Tony Milne posts this hilarious video claiming gays getting married causes heterosexual divorce!
May 20 in history
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