The ‘story’ here, a term I use very loosely, is that the Express are claiming that Registry Offices have ‘banned’ the word ‘marriage’ out of political correctness and fear of offending gay and lesbian couples undergoing civil partnership ceremonies.
What has actually happened is that some Registry Offices – not sure how many – have changed their internal signage, replacing the term used for the room in which ceremonies are actually held from ‘Marriage Room’ to ‘Ceremony Room’.
I spoke to a friend who works in a registry office, this morning, and asked him about this change to which he replied:
…it’s because there’s more than one kind of ceremony that takes place in these rooms since the introduction of civil partnership ceremonies,
…before going on to describe the Daily Express as:
… a bunch of homophobic tossers