Paul Coleshill and Tony Ozell, one of the first couples to convert their civil partnership to equal marriage in Scotland, tell KaleidoScot, in an exclusive interview, about their experience, how they met and discuss LGBTI rights in general.
Paul and Tony discuss what it means to be finally equal in terms of their relationship having the same legal and social validity.
Tony said: “finally I will feel that I am full invested member of society, and that our relationship is given the same credibility and same worthiness as any other couple. I think that is a very important statement. We are just as worthy as anyone else.”
Paul still feels there is work to be done with religions to accept same-sex marriage and feels they often contradict their own ethics that would guide them otherwise.
They think that marriage equality in Scotland will also be sending an important message to other countries where LGBTI people still suffer discrimination and even persecution.
Paul and Tony converted their civil partnership to marriage on 16 December 2014, in Glasgow.
Watch their interview here: