2005-11-13

Intolerance: Wedding Pictures may Offend GAYs

A painting of a bride and groom has been removed from a register office in case it offends GAY couples 'tying the knot'. 'The wedding scene', and another of 'Romeo and Juliet', has been ruled unsuitable for single-gender civil partnership ceremonies, which start 2005-12. Register Officer Ms.Janet Taubman said:
'We had two pictures up before.
'There was a picture of a groom signing the register with a young bride and the other was of "Romeo and Juliet" on a swing. 'They were innocent but the new paintings are less likely to offend.
'We are looking forward to the civil partnerships.
'People have been waiting a long time.' The old pictures at 'Liverpool Register Office' have been replaced with landscapes while 'The Wedding Room' has been renamed 'The Ceremony Suite'.
'Liverpool City Council' said:
'The world's moved on. It's not just weddings any more -- that's why it's 'The Ceremony Suite'. 'This decision wasn't based on the new civil partnerships.
'They do all kinds of things -- citizenship ceremonies, non-religious naming ceremonies and heterosexual partnership ceremonies. 'The wedding pictures did not reflect any of these.
'They have been moved to a more prominent position in the reception area.'
'Wedding painting 'unsuitable for gays'', Ananova, 2005-11-13

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