Friday, November 11, 2005

Worth A Thousand Words

A painting of a bride and groom has been removed from the Liverpool Register Office in case it offends gay couples.

I guess what they want are pictures of two Romeos or two Juliets on a swing. Are heterosexuals allowed to be offended or is being offended a privilege reserved only for minorities?

Register Officer 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."

Thanks to Ananova.

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