Parliament passed the bill that legalised gay marriage in the UK, albeit with some stumbles along the way. News of the bill's passing was greeted by high-pitched cheers from the assembled, and well dressed, crowd outside the Houses of Parliament.
This was immediately followed by over a hundred proposals of marriage between gay members in the crowd, some of whom had only just met.
"It's amazing," said Evan Stephens, a forty-four year old gay man of thirty-seven years. "I was so excited that when Damien asked me to marry him, I said 'Yes!'"
This was followed by squeals from the crowd.
There is a downside to the situation that has not yet been fully realised by the LGBT community. Although Gay Marriage is now legal, Gay Divorce still hasn't been passed as a law.
"Call it an oversight," said a rather smug Julian Bedfellow, chairman of the Conservative Oversights committee. "I'm sure at some point Gay Divorce will become law, but currently, there is no legislation in place to allow gay people to get divorced."
This 'oversight' has disturbing ramifications. With an estimated seven thousand gay marriages lined up for the remainder of the year. and three times that proposed ('scuse pun) for next year, and with the divorce rate in the UK currently standing at one third of all marriages, over nine thousand people will suddenly find they are incompatible, have grown apart, cheated or snore, and will be unable to do anything about it.
"I expect," said Bedfellow, snidely, "that we'll pass a Gay Divorce bill in fifteen, twenty years? Maybe longer. I mean, let's face it, the Gay Marriage bill only passed because most MPs don't realise what 'gay' means now, and thought they were voting to force people to have happy marriages."