How Ed got down on one knee to propose to Russell

fordham and eaglingLast week Lib Dem Voice reported the engagement of Ed Fordham and Russell Eagling, long time Lib Dem activists, which was the first same sex engagement to be announced in the Births, Marriages and Deaths column of The Times. This fact had been mentioned by Julian Huppert during the final Commons debate  on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, to an amusing put-down by the Speaker.

The Independent followed this up on Friday with a delightful full page article (with a beautiful photo) about the couple under the heading: Gay marriage first: How Ed got down on one knee to propose to Russell… and made a little piece of history.

“I knew when it was passed by the Lords that the final hurdle had been overcome and would become law,” Ed told The Independent.

“I had two rings in my pockets: my great-grandfather’s wedding ring which was rather small and my father’s 21st birthday present which was rather larger. I was just hoping one of them would fit.

“I was there thinking I’ve got to get this right. I’m not doing it for show. And then the choir that were there started singing an Erasure track and I thought ‘right’ – and went down on one knee and bingo I was there.”

Russell said he had no idea what was about to happen. “It was a complete surprise – if anything can be a complete surprise if you’ve been together for 15 years – but I honestly had no inkling it was coming.”

Once again, congratulations to Ed and Russell.

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames and is a member of Federal Conference Committee.

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMichael BG 22nd May - 12:32am
    Joseph, Do we have an inflationary gap now? Of course not, inflation is the lowest it has been for nearly two years. The extra demand...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 21st May - 11:25pm
    @ Charles Rothwell If you don't go fishing you don't catch a fish.
  • User AvatarInnocent Bystander 21st May - 10:29pm
    Er.. no. The way to divine opinions, in a democracy, is via a secret ballot. Opinion polls are worthless in that process. They entertain the...
  • User AvatarMike Jay 21st May - 10:28pm
    If the polls are to be believed, most people old enough to remember Bamber Gascoigne in his TV heyday are likely to vote for the...
  • User AvatarGlenn 21st May - 10:25pm
    Frankie I'm just pointing out that the advocates of the European project were no friends of the working man/woman. Also also you need a thesaurus...
  • User AvatarMichael 1 21st May - 9:52pm
    @John Marriott "So a drop of on average of around 5% in Leave support is unlikely to make much difference around here." Well - it...