VIDEO: Reverend marries partner in Poole's first same-sex wedding ceremony

Reverend Kersten Kirkland, right, and her partner Sue Kirkland are the first gay couple to get married in Poole at the Guildhall.

Reverend Kersten Kirkland, right, and her partner Sue Kirkland are the first gay couple to get married in Poole at the Guildhall.

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POOLE’S first same-sex marriage ceremony took place at the town’s Guildhall yesterday, just days after gay marriage became law across the country.

It was a small, intimate affair as Reverend Kersten Kirkland married her partner, Sue, in a service led by registrar, Debbie Fiveash, and witnessed by friends, family, and the family mascot, a small orange teddy, named Dewey.

Rev Kirkland, who works in the local community and holds regular Sunday services at her Parkstone home, said she hoped their wedding could help overcome prejudice surrounding the gay marriage issue.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, recently signalled that the Church of England must end its resistance to gay marriage, despite the law change causing bitter divisions among clergy.

Ordained archdeacon Rev Kirkland said: “Certainly in our local community this is a significant step. Both Sue and I were really looking forward to the day, so it is much better now that the law change has come into force.

“With civil partnerships, people always feel the need to point out it is not the same as marriage, and let’s face it, the reason they do this is because we are gay.

“I now have the right to call Sue my wife.”

Rev Kirkland, who has established The Fellowship of St Julian, says she is no stranger to bigotry and hopes the historic law change will, eventually, help create a more tolerant society.

“At the end of the day, it is better that people are gay and Christian, then not Christian at all,” she said.

Rev Kirkland added that the gospel message is about love and acceptance.

The happy couple spent the rest of the day enjoying the sunshine in Poole Park with the wedding party and later went out for a meal with their extended families.

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9:06am Wed 2 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Give it a rest.
Give it a rest. pete woodley
  • Score: 4

9:23am Wed 2 Apr 14

arthur1948 says...

as nature intended
as nature intended arthur1948
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9:25am Wed 2 Apr 14

Chiqqy says...

Congratulations !
Congratulations ! Chiqqy
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9:29am Wed 2 Apr 14

Chiqqy says...

pete woodley wrote:
Give it a rest.
No one forced you to read it but you still came here anyway and posted a comment. What is the problem with stories about people in love who have finally been able to make the commitment everyone else has had the right to for years.
If you don't like it, don't read it and just carry on with your day.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Give it a rest.[/p][/quote]No one forced you to read it but you still came here anyway and posted a comment. What is the problem with stories about people in love who have finally been able to make the commitment everyone else has had the right to for years. If you don't like it, don't read it and just carry on with your day. Chiqqy
  • Score: -2

12:22pm Wed 2 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

For once here is a story where no one is breaking the law, and going about their legal right to be married. What difference does it make whether they are same sex couples or hetrosexual couples, none what so ever. The fact that they have chosen to be with each other proves along with all of us that there is still live in the air.

It is the 21st Century, get use to it, stop being dinosaurs, and rejoice in the fact of some happy news on the Echo pages.

No, I am not gay, I am a male hetrosexual, and happily married to my wife.
For once here is a story where no one is breaking the law, and going about their legal right to be married. What difference does it make whether they are same sex couples or hetrosexual couples, none what so ever. The fact that they have chosen to be with each other proves along with all of us that there is still live in the air. It is the 21st Century, get use to it, stop being dinosaurs, and rejoice in the fact of some happy news on the Echo pages. No, I am not gay, I am a male hetrosexual, and happily married to my wife. TheDistrict
  • Score: 1

12:35pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Mermaid99 says...

Fantastic to see that everyone now has the same right to have their love recognised. Marriage is the formal recognition of a relationship thats existed in some form since society began, its not solely a religious rite and no religion "owns" marriage. People can choose to make it part of their faith and good luck to them but no one faith should have the right to tell other people who and how to love. Congratulations to Sue and Kirsten have a wonderful life together you deserve it.
Fantastic to see that everyone now has the same right to have their love recognised. Marriage is the formal recognition of a relationship thats existed in some form since society began, its not solely a religious rite and no religion "owns" marriage. People can choose to make it part of their faith and good luck to them but no one faith should have the right to tell other people who and how to love. Congratulations to Sue and Kirsten have a wonderful life together you deserve it. Mermaid99
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12:46pm Wed 2 Apr 14

PokesdownMark says...

---- “At the end of the day, it is better that people are gay and Christian, then not Christian at all,” she said.

Oh good grief, I genuinely hope she didn't say that. Hopefully it is a quote taken out of context? Although I guess religious in-group/out-group thinking is typically strong enough to make ironic hypocrisy an easy trap to fall into?

Congratulations to the happy couple though.
---- “At the end of the day, it is better that people are gay and Christian, then not Christian at all,” she said. Oh good grief, I genuinely hope she didn't say that. Hopefully it is a quote taken out of context? Although I guess religious in-group/out-group thinking is typically strong enough to make ironic hypocrisy an easy trap to fall into? Congratulations to the happy couple though. PokesdownMark
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3:27pm Wed 2 Apr 14

suzigirl says...

Congratulations Kersten and Sue. I have spoken to you both a few times and you make a lovely couple. The Irish Lady Biker!
Congratulations Kersten and Sue. I have spoken to you both a few times and you make a lovely couple. The Irish Lady Biker! suzigirl
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5:31pm Wed 2 Apr 14

abc100 says...

KitKatPuss wrote:
abc100 wrote:
camokieren wrote:
abc100 wrote: Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve !!!!!
you might need glasses as it is clearly a loving female couple but also where in the bible if you want to quote that does it say that a woman and woman cant lie together
it's an old joke, just because someone makes a silly joke it's doesn't mean I personally have an issue with it, I assume you are bright enough if u want to start quoting the bible what the principle is, the story caught my eye as one of the ladies is a Reverand and I assume ( maybe incorrectly ) that she believes what it says in the bible hence my comment " the irony " I personally couldn't care less what they do as it's their business not any of ours, where exactly have I quoted anything from the bible, the joke is " god created Adam & Eve not Adam & Steve, it's a joke granted not that funny but only a joke,
Ummmm....camokieren didn't quote the bible...he asked where does it say that a woman cannot lie with another woman...it's so funny when 'people' post moronic comments and when challenged they back peddle to saying 'it was just a joke'......if it wasn't that funny why say it at all?
Talk about missing the point, I am happy to discuss it all day if u like, I will put this so it's simple for you to understand, my first comment was the joke of Adam & Eve not Adam & Steve, that is NOT a quote from the bible, that is a old joke, you keeping up?? I said the irony of this story in my opinion is that a Reverand lady that I have assumed maybe incorrectly believes in the bible has married another lady, you still with me?? IF she believes the bible then SHE is picking and choosing which parts she abides by ( not me or you or anyone else) this is her story, I have said I couldn't care less what she does, I have not back peddled by saying now that it was a joke cos my first comment was the joke, try reading the posts before commenting then you won't look so silly when people have to put you right, we all know what it says in the bible regarding homosexuality sand that is why I said about the irony of a Reverand getting married to another lady, I will say it again I could not careless that they are married it's their business and no one else's
[quote][p][bold]KitKatPuss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camokieren[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve !!!!![/p][/quote]you might need glasses as it is clearly a loving female couple but also where in the bible if you want to quote that does it say that a woman and woman cant lie together[/p][/quote]it's an old joke, just because someone makes a silly joke it's doesn't mean I personally have an issue with it, I assume you are bright enough if u want to start quoting the bible what the principle is, the story caught my eye as one of the ladies is a Reverand and I assume ( maybe incorrectly ) that she believes what it says in the bible hence my comment " the irony " I personally couldn't care less what they do as it's their business not any of ours, where exactly have I quoted anything from the bible, the joke is " god created Adam & Eve not Adam & Steve, it's a joke granted not that funny but only a joke,[/p][/quote]Ummmm....camokieren didn't quote the bible...he asked where does it say that a woman cannot lie with another woman...it's so funny when 'people' post moronic comments and when challenged they back peddle to saying 'it was just a joke'......if it wasn't that funny why say it at all?[/p][/quote]Talk about missing the point, I am happy to discuss it all day if u like, I will put this so it's simple for you to understand, my first comment was the joke of Adam & Eve not Adam & Steve, that is NOT a quote from the bible, that is a old joke, you keeping up?? I said the irony of this story in my opinion is that a Reverand lady that I have assumed maybe incorrectly believes in the bible has married another lady, you still with me?? IF she believes the bible then SHE is picking and choosing which parts she abides by ( not me or you or anyone else) this is her story, I have said I couldn't care less what she does, I have not back peddled by saying now that it was a joke cos my first comment was the joke, try reading the posts before commenting then you won't look so silly when people have to put you right, we all know what it says in the bible regarding homosexuality sand that is why I said about the irony of a Reverand getting married to another lady, I will say it again I could not careless that they are married it's their business and no one else's abc100
  • Score: 0

9:58pm Wed 2 Apr 14

carrrob says...

Oh dear here we go again why all the publicity just get on with it !
Oh dear here we go again why all the publicity just get on with it ! carrrob
  • Score: 1

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