Friday, April 03, 2009

It's official.

Well, it will be soon. As of May 1, the husband and I will just need to fill out a little piece of paper and our partnership becomes a real marriage, just like the heterosexualists!

Separate but equal will be a thing of the past.

And don't let anyone fool you about it just being a matter of semantics, either. Words make all the difference in the world.

The Swedish words for the day are partnerskap and äktenskap, which I suspect have both been the word of the day at some point before. They mean, respectively, partnership and marriage.

28 comments:

SorkDad said...

Hurra, hurra, hurra, hurra!!!

Si said...

Yay, Francis! This means you're going to have to change your sidebar (I know, the horror, you just went through all the effort for your birthday). Congratulations, Sweden!--JR

M said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and everyone else!

Margaret said...

Fabulous!! My son and I celebrated the news and dreamt of "USA next..."

Poppy said...

Congratulations! (hello by the way, I have been reading your blog for years but have not yet commented...)

David Weman said...

Hi, Francis.

I haven't commented in years, but I had to say congratulations!

Are you gonna have a huge expensive wedding now?

Linas Alsenas said...

YES! A huge, lavish wedding. Maybe in Southern France or something crazy. :)

eMe.Hå. said...

congratulations from Norway =)

and it makes a world of difference :)

hilsen

MarkF said...

That's amazing news. Congratulations to you both.

There's little I have been proud of with the Labour government in the UK but allowing the same rights though marriage to everyone was so overdue and such simple and just thing.

Jeff said...

Ahh, the sweet smell of equality! Congrats to Sweden and to you guys! :)

Marce said...

Hej, is the first time I read your blogg. Grattis, I can say and I guess we both know what that means jajajajaja, at least.
Im living in Sweden too with my swedish husband and even if I speak english and spanish, the swedish has been a torture for me. I can understand mostly everything, but what the hell, I cant speak it correctly, I mean the gramatic, the gramatic...
So, imagen me now, Im a lawyer and I have to revalidate my degree here and I need to be accept in the University and to study 2 years more, but I need fluid swedish. My Goshhhhhhhhhh, dont know what I will do!!! all that was my introduction for you to know me. Congratulations again!!

psychopompous said...

Congratulations Francis!! That's fantastic.

And it's not just Sweden - now even Iowa too! There's just no stopping it now!

Francis S. said...

Yes, Iowa, too... land that my parents come from that we used to call the Planet Iowa when I was a kid. Not anymore! A hotbed of civil rights it is now!

Marn, eh said...

What joyous news!

I wish you both every happiness.

Ida said...

It's about time! Finally! This should've happened years ago!

(This is my first comment on you blog but I've been reading for a while!)

Åsa said...

Yay! Go Francis and go hubby! Congrats, really. Will you celebrate? Another day for anniversaries!
xoxo Åsa and baby JoJo

H&M said...

That's so exciting! Congratulations from the Midwest!

Joy Hui Lin said...

wonderful :)!

Jonas said...

Congrats! This blog is just wonderful! From now on it is in my rss reader to read every day!

Kirsten Marie said...

Tillykke! :-)

spellboundsky said...

Congrats to the both of you! The new legislation that make it possible for partnership to become real marriage is a very positive thing!

My first visit here to your blog but I really like what I see (and read LOL). Will put you on my google reader : )

Lycka Till!

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Liz Hensley said...

Hi Francis:

Congratulations and best wishes and so many more words just to thank you for sharing your happiness with all of us -- and thank you for a delightful blog.

Smith said...

This makes Australia seem positively medieval, our Labor opposition voted with the Liberal government a few years ago to change the Marriage Act to define marriage as "the union of a man and a woman"!!! Grrrr. Very happy for you both, however, and I've enjoyed reading your blog.

Anonymous said...

You're right, words do make all the difference in the world. To me 'partner' conjures up serious images of men getting together to do important things with money or horses, which is really sexy, while 'husband' makes me think of nagging wives, withholding sex, and browbeating their men into working themselves to death, so that they can have shinier jewerly and fancier bon-bon. I'm sure that's totally unfair of me, but still, once me and my partner of 7 years can get married here in Ohio, which won't be any time soon, I plan on continuing to call him my partner.

Jo said...

I love how there wasn't even much of a debate in Sweden about it.
The mainstream media didn't even seem to care, though suppose neither did the riksdagsledamöter very much.
It was just so natural to everyone.

It's things like these that make me proud of being Swedish. When will this happen in the UK?

Many many GRATTIS!

drgranny said...

My Swedish uncle used to say something like "Scoal and welcome" when toasting. What does that mean?

Francis S. said...

As far as I know, "skål" just means "cheers" really... it is the basic Swedish toast...

 


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