Some religious commenters are suggesting that this new law in some way undermines the sanctity of marriage, but I can’t see that. It seems to me that, whatever you might think of the morality of homosexuality, simple justice should allow one’s life partner the benefits associated with marriage.
There was a moving story in yesterday’s Independent about the first gay couple to contract their partnership in the UK. Matthew Roche and Chris Cramp celebrated their partnership on 5th December after receiving special permission. The following day, Matthew died.