It's been 3 years of Equality Network equal marriage work and today is finally the day that the scottish cabinet is expected to discuss plans to legislate for same sex marriage when it meets later today.
Now I (and much to my partners dismay) will be the first to admit I'm not really the marrying type. I'm not exactly religious, so the idea of a 'marriage' as a religious ceremony doesn't quite appeal to me. Luckily I believe in so much more and one day Steph and I will have a celebratory ceremony that we dream off, albeit it a humanist one, a buddhist or pegan wedding, an open air arts festival or an Annie Sprinkle special where we marry each year (7) under the colours of the chakras. LoveartLab is indeed my favourite of all the wedding ideas but sadly its a no go for miss Steph. (You can view each of the seven weddings on their site including the stunning programs, artist statements and the wedding photos.)
Cceremony details aside, if today doesn't go our way in legalising same-sex marraige, we don't get to choose, we don't get to plan and we're back to playing second fiddle to marriage with civil partnership. For so many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals who belong to a religion this is vitally important and they deserve this day. Its time to recognise the difference between civil partnership and marriage and recognise the inequalities.
However, Today is also incredibly important to every LGBT individual. It's not only about equal marriage, its about equality full stop. There are still so many inequalities for LGBT people nationally and worldwide and it's about time we weren't inferior just because of our sexualities, but equal because we're all people.
Regardless of the vote today, a million thank you's to all who have shown support and voted.
Now for your viewing pleasure here's my favourite man in drag, Bobby at Glasgow Pride: