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Guide to gay weddings in Gloucestershire

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

First gay marriages held today

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As the nation celebrates the first gay marriages, the Bishop of Gloucester, Michael Perham, has been praised for his support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The first same-sex weddings have taken place after gay marriage became legal in England and Wales at midnight.

Some 34 gay couples in Gloucestershire have registered their intention to marry, with one of the first expected to be in Cheltenham on Sunday.

It comes just days after Bishop Michael became a Freeman of Gloucester on Thursday night at a ceremony at Gloucester City Council's offices. During the ceremony he was praised for his liberal views and support for the LGBT community.

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Councillor Kate Haigh, leader of the Labour group, said: "He is known for his liberal views on sexuality and has been a strong advocate in allowing women in the church as priests and bishops. He has been a champion on LGBT issues."

He is the first of Gloucester's 40 bishops over 450 years to be awarded the Freedom of the City.

But it is the events of today that will go down in history as politicians and campaigners praised the change in the law that now affords equal marriage rights to all couples.

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "Love and commitment are universal human traits, regardless of sexual orientation or nationality. No ignorance or prejudice can hold back the triumph of love."

It is expected that many more couples will follow suit in preparing for marriage here in Gloucestershire. It is one of the most highly sought after counties when it comes to stunning wedding ceremonies.

Here are some ideas to get the celebrations started if you are planning a ceremony in Gloucestershire:

1. Rococo Garden, Painswick

This 18th century pleasure ground could be the perfect wedding venue. This description from the Roco Garden website says it all: "Situated outside the beautiful Cotswold town of Painswick, and famous for its snowdrop display, the Rococo Garden is a fascinating step back to a flamboyant and sensual period of English Garden Design, when gardens were almost theatrical sets used as a backdrop to decadent garden parties. This gem of a garden, which was originally laid out in the early 18th century, is set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside."

2. The Westgate bar, Gloucester

This is now Gloucestershire's only gay venue, but you are in for a treat when you get there. It is run by a friendly bunch who will make you feel right at home. The Westgate is situated in the heart of Gloucester and is just a stone's throw from the stunning Gloucester Cathedral.

3. Cripps Barn

Another wedding venue to revel in. Back in the 1990′s Tewkesbury Park sits high above the historic town of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Looking across to the Malvern Hills, with views stretching out across the Cotswolds and the Severn Valley, Tewkesbury Park has an unrivalled position. An extended 19th century manor house, Tewkesbury Park is a classically elegant hotel, and provides the perfect backdrop for those once-in-a-lifetime photographs.

5. David Jenkins Photography

Need a gay-friendly wedding photographer? Cheltenham-based David Jenkins, with experience from a fine art background and a BA Hons in photography, has built up a reputation as a great, natural photographer of people and someone with a passion for what he does. To prove it, his own stunningly atmospheric work is regularly shown in exhibitions across the country and he brings the same stylish flare to weddings. His journalistic approach allows him to blend into the proceedings and photograph the couple, friends and family relaxing and enjoying the day. The packages combine online proofing and the most beautifully sleek, hand-made, reportage albums.

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  • jas37  |  April 01 2014, 10:25PM

    Spot on Jemmywood

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  • JeremyBadger  |  March 30 2014, 11:57PM

    If homosexuals and lesbians can now get married, why can't a straight man and woman have a Civil Partnership?

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  • JemmyWood  |  March 30 2014, 9:44PM

    This Speech in the New Zealand Parliament sums it up nicely... http://tinyurl.com/o7qdjq9

  • IsitJimKerr  |  March 30 2014, 9:38PM

    Hilarious, I heard a solicitor on 5Live saying that they hadn't been inundated with requests for info, like the presenter wanted them to be, but in fact had been asked about a gay marriage pre-nup. So now they want, marriage, divorce, and pre-nup, all of which are available as a CP.

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  • uk_socrates  |  March 30 2014, 7:56PM

    @Tmy68, I think human history would beg to differ. Its a free country tho, and your entitled to your opinions.

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  • Tmy68  |  March 30 2014, 5:26PM

    Over twenty years ago i got married. If gays want a legal bind call it something else because it isnt marriage.

  • uk_socrates  |  March 29 2014, 4:04PM

    @IsitJimKerr Actually there is a percentage of married people that never have kids, so to say marriage is about children is up for debate. Marriage has historically gone through various changes and practices throughout human history. Again to say it's between a man and a woman is also up for debate, this is complicated as homosexual behaviour in Roman times was defined more into masculine and feminine roles. The Roman Emperor Nero also married a man. In ancient Greece it was pretty common for men married to women, to also have a younger man on the side. In western countries marriage is actually a state matter, and the state has a legal and ethical duty to promote equality to all citizens of the state. Religious people are entitled to their own views on marriage. But people have been getting married long before any of today's religions even came into existence. Also I think it's only fair that LGBT people can also have the right to divorce in a few years time as well, lol. (Under Civil Partnerships technically it was a dissolve).

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  March 29 2014, 1:54PM

    the change in the law that now affords equal marriage rights to all couples'.........derrr, no. Apparently, it's EXACTLY the same as civil partnership. Let me say that I have gay friends, colleaguse and one relative. But I have an issue with the word marriage. I am not religious either, but I got married to bring children into this world. It's a union between a man and a woman. For years, gays wanted to be different. They wanted their own clubs. They wanted their own fashion. They wanted their own language. Then all of a sudden a few years ago, they wanted to be the same. I'm all for equality, in all walks of life, but some people want to be more equal than others.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 29 2014, 1:27PM

    "As the nation celebrates the first gay marriages" where are all the street parties then, that's correct there aren't any as "the nation" isn't celebrating it. It's probably one of the last things on people's minds at the moment!

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