Gay couple weds on U.K. morning TV

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 15 2001 12:00 AM ET

This Morning, a news program airing on ITV in the United Kingdom, featured a live gay wedding for their Valentine’s Day broadcast, even though current U.K. law does not recognize same-sex marriages. Neil Morris married his partner, Mark Jinks, with This Morning cohosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as guests. The Rev. Jonathan Blake of the Society for Independent Christian Ministry officiated over the service. The men wore dark morning suits and said their vows to a backing tape of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” “In the eyes of the couple and the community, this is a legal wedding,” said the Reverend Blake. “In time, society will catch up.” True to daytime TV form, Morris’s mother, Jane, was given a makeover prior to the ceremony.