One of my favourite writers, Stella Duffy, on finally being able to marry her partner of 23 years:
I will be able to marry my partner after 29th March 2014.
I will have been with my partner for almost 23 and a half years by then.
It will be too late for me to have either of my parents at my wedding.
It will be too late for me to have my nephew at our wedding.
It will be too late for my wife to have her only sibling, her sister, at our wedding.
I will be 51 before the law will allow me to marry.
It will be too late for me, or my wife, to be a ‘blushing bride’. We will be, we are, middle aged women.
It will be too late for the dozens of friends and family, who were alive when we first wanted to marry, 23 years ago, who supported us in our love, and who are now gone.
Of course I’m…
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