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Civil Partnership

There is no legal form of words which has to be used in a Civil Partnership Ceremony, so we wrote our own.

We really hope that it might prove to be a starting point for anyone else thinking of doing the deed.

The full text, including readings, is listed below.


CIVIL PARTNERSHIP CEREMONY

GRAHAM FAWCETT & RICHARD VOYCE

Saturday 26th May 2007, 1.30pm


MUSIC CUE

Glitter & Be Gay

Sing. Dawn Upshaw (Candide L. Bernstein, S. Sondheim)

GRAHAM & RICHARD enter as the music draws to its end, and remain standing. If the assembled guests have stood, the REGISTRAR to ask them to sit.


REGISTRAR

Good afternoon and welcome. My name is NAME and I will be conducting the joining in civil partnership of GRAHAM and RICHARD.

On their behalf we would like to welcome you all here to the register office which has been authorised for celebrating their joining in civil partnership. GRAHAM and RICHARD have gathered here today their friends and those dear to them to mark this happy occasion and it means a great deal to them that you are here to share in their happiness.

For GRAHAM and RICHARD joining in civil partnership is a proud confirmation of the love and companionship they have for each other. Through the signing of the civil partnership schedule they are making a lifelong commitment to one another and this sentiment is pledged through the words that they will exchange.

Civil partnership gives couples the opportunity to celebrate their union both formally and legally. For some it is the start of a new life together and for others a confirmation of a lasting and mutual bond.

We start this joyous process with the declarations that I will now ask GRAHAM and RICHARD to make.

GRAHAM will you please repeat after me:


REGISTRAR/GRAHAM

I, Graham Paul Fawcett,

Declare that I know of no legal reason

Why we may not register our Civil Partnership together.

I understand that on signing this document we will be forming a Civil Partnership with each other.

Thankyou. Now RICHARD, will you please repeat after me.


REGISTRAR/RICHARD

I, Richard Anthony Voyce,

Declare that I know of no legal reason

Why we may not register our Civil Partnership together.

I understand that on signing this document we will be forming a Civil Partnership with each other.

Thankyou.


(GRAHAM & RICHARD sit)


A small pause now, ladies and Gentlemen, while I ask REBECCA to give us our first reading.


(REBECCA to stand and read)


REBECCA

The first reading is by W H Auden: O, Tell Me the Truth About Love


Some say that love’s a little boy,

            And some say it’s a bird,

Some say it makes the world go round,

            And some say that’s absurd,

And when I asked the man next door,

            Who looked as if he knew,

His wife got very cross indeed,

            And said it wouldn’t do.


Does it look like a pair of pyjamas,

            Or the ham in a temperance hotel?

Does its odour remind one of llamas,

            Or has it a comforting smell?

Is it prickly to touch as a hedge is,

            Or soft as eiderdown fluff?

Is it sharp or quite smooth at the edges?

            O tell me the truth about love.


Our history books refer to it

            In cryptic little notes,

It’s quite a common topic on

            The Transatlantic boats;

I’ve found the subject mentioned in

            Accounts of suicides,

And even seen it scribbled on

            The backs of railway-guides.


Does it howl like a hungry Alsatian,

            Or boom like a military band?

Could one give a first-rate imitation

            On a saw or a Steinway Grand?

Is its singing at parties a riot?

            Does it only like Classical stuff?

Will it stop when one wants to be quiet?

            O tell me the truth about love.


I looked inside the summer-house,

            It wasn’t ever there,

I tried the Thames at Maidenhead,

            And Brighton’s bracing air,

I don’t know what the blackbird sang,

            Or what the tulip said;

But it wasn’t in the chicken-run,

            Or underneath the bed.


Can it pull extraordinary faces?

            Is it usually sick on a swing?

Does it spend all its time at the races,

            Or fiddling with pieces of string?

Has it views of its own about money?

            Does it think Patriotism enough?

Are its stories vulgar but funny?

            O tell me the truth about love.


When it comes, will it come without warning,

            Just as I’m picking my nose?

Will it knock on my door in the morning,

            Or tread in the bus on my toes?

Will it come like a change in the weather?

            Will its greeting be courteous or rough?

Will it alter my life altogether?

            O tell me the truth about love.


REBECCA to sit.


REGISTRAR

Thank you. Now, the vows. If I could ask you all to stand please Ladies and Gentlemen.

(All stand, Including RICHARD & GRAHAM)<o:p>


REGISTRAR

First GRAHAM…


GRAHAM

I promise to love and care for you, through times of joy and times of sorrow, to rejoice when you are happy, and grieve when you suffer; to share your interests, and hopes for the future; to try to understand you even when I do not agree; to do all in my power to help you be fulfilled, now and in the days to come.


REGISTRAR

Now RICHARD…


RICHARD

I promise to love and care for you, through times of joy and times of sorrow, to rejoice when you are happy, and grieve when you suffer; to share your interests, and hopes for the future; to try to understand you even when I do not agree; to do all in my power to help you be fulfilled, now and in the days to come.


REGISTRAR

Thank you. If you would all like to take a seat, we will ask CAROL to give us our second reading.

(All to sit, including GRAHAM & RICHARD, CAROL to stand and read)


CAROL

The second reading is When I Grow Old, by Richard Voyce


When I grow old

When I have to make you look at me to speak, so that I can hear you.

When I’ve cut up all the credit cards because we’ve paid them off – and not because I want to stop you from using them,

When my biggest thrill is that I still have most of my own teeth.

When what once passed for ambition has simply passed us by

And we know there are fewer years before us than behind.

When policemen are all schoolboys

And television isn’t what it once was,

When I look into our wardrobes and realise

The contents have become as beige as we have ourselves.

When I walk into a room and have to stand

And think why I came in.

When I finally have the time to sit down and listen to CD’s

But find my hearing has gone.

When we look into each others eyes and realise

We can’t remember a time without spectacles.

When we don’t have to talk to each other any more

Because we’ve said all there is to say.

When that time comes

When that time comes

When that time comes

Remember


We have seen it all, and had it all and done it all

And nothing else remains but this.

Love.


And that IS all.


And in that moment we will both be slim and have hair.

In that moment we will he infused with the hope and inspiration of the young

In that moment we will know the one truth, the whole truth, the only truth.

Nothing else matters

Nothing else can matter

Nothing else will matter

Because if we have love

We have it all.


REGISTRAR

Thank you. I will now call upon GRAHAM and RICHARD, and their witnesses, to sign the schedule.


MUSIC CUE

What Makes Me Love Him

Sing. Sarah Brightman (The Apple Tree, S. Harnick/J Bock)


REGISTRAR

Thank you. GRAHAM and RICHARD have both now declared their union to one another and have signed the schedule according to the law in the presence of witnesses.

It therefore gives me great pleasure to announce that you are now joined in legal partnership.

I am sure everyone here would like to join me in congratulating our couple in a round of applause.


Please be seated — I am now going to complete the formalities by writing your certificate


MUSIC CUE

Come What May

Sing. Nicole Kidman/Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge, D Baerwald)

MUS

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