Is this actually true?

Fifteen years after every Briton was obliged to start acknowledging that someone they knew somewhere had entered a civil partnership, –

Depends what you mean by “know” I guess. I know of someone, I have met someone, sure. But know, as in that circle of people I might phone up for a beer if I were in town?

15 years ago would be 2005. In which year there were:

18,059 couples entered into a civil partnership between December 2005 and the end of December 2006

Is Ben Summerskill really trying to claim that the 65 million of us all know one of those 36,000 people?

Well, actually, yes, he is but that’s because Summerskill spends most of his time talking out of his arse.

16 thoughts on “Is this actually true?”

  1. I don’t know anyone who did a civil partnership or gay wedding. And some of my relatives and colleagues are super gay.

    Statistically, you’re probably more likely to know someone who’s really into skiffle or has received hundreds of lewd texts from the Scottish Finance Minister.

  2. Interestingly enough tho, wasn’t the exoteric reason for civil partnerships that there were huge numbers of happily monogamous homosexuals just bursting to obtain the tax and probate benefits of formalising their relationship?

    18,059 x 2 isn’t a huge number, even if (and I dunno) gays are only 2% of the population.

    Gay marriage doesn’t seem to be that popular either, about 15,000 a year, tho this is in a wider context of historically low marriage rates in general so the gays might be more likely to get hitched these days than the straights.

  3. Fifteen years after every Briton was obliged to start acknowledging that someone they knew somewhere had entered a civil partnership

    What obligation was that?

  4. I mentioned the exoteric reason, the real reason is rather given away by Ben’s turn of phrase:

    after every Briton was obliged to start acknowledging

    It’s like Pride Marches in Current Year (they’re actually victory laps in victim drag) or the relentless obsession with making sure school kiddies know that taking it up the shitter, or getting sterilised before you hit puberty, is an option. (Derek Mackay was just exceptionally enthusiastic about this policy).

    It’s not aimed at the gays, it’s aimed at epatering the bourgeoisie, forever. Like with the unnecessary destruction of Catholic adoption services, or the 3.5 year scorched earth tactics of Continuity Remain, or the car ban – humiliation as public policy.

  5. I don’t know anyone who did a civil partnership or gay wedding. And some of my relatives and colleagues are super gay.

    Likewise and I feel no obligation to, either.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    I don’t know if the gay couple who drink with us, one of whom is a parish councillor, had a civil partnership but they both wear rings. They’re decent guys and that’s all we need to know.

  7. The only ones I’m aware of today are those two roly-poly loiterers in the back passage, Sir Elton and Stephen Fry.

    As to fifteen years ago, whether obliged to or no, I was happily unaware of any and I shouldn’t feel impoverished if that still pertained.

  8. Is this another London Bubble thing? Everyone he knows knows someone in a civil partnership, so therefore everyone everywhere does.

  9. It’s like being asked how many of your friends are Jews. Unless they take it into their heads to tell me, how the hell would I know?

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