Friday , 20 September 2019

When Paul met Tony – a journey to Equal Marriage

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:

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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3 comments

  1. Thanks for this. It confirms that I got it spot on right in my novels "!Women 'n' Love" and "Women Together, written in 2012 and which now seems a lifetime away, and which advocated that the politicians should have got it right first time round. I effectively wrote these guy's story, and others like them, although we'd never met, and although in my story it was two women who met, made a connection and were subjected to precisely the same circumstances.
    And I hope everyone agrees when I wrote that Marriage Equality in Scotland is a beacon that will shine all Scots' humanity all around the world.

    • That's correct; though it would have been nice for Scotland to be a leader and not a follower in the U.K. as it was for decriminalisation of homosexuality and action on Civil Partnerships…but better late than never, I guess.

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