British actor Ben Whishaw best known for his roles in Skyfall, Brideshead Revisited, and Cloud Atlas has confirmed he’s gay via a statement from a publicist and confirms that he married his partner, Australian composer Mark Bradshaw, nearly a year ago.
Speculation was sparked by an interview he gave to the gay magazine Out in March 2011 while playing a homosexual character in an off-Broadway play, The Pride.
When the interviewer asked whether it was important for young gay people to have positive role models, Whishaw replied: ‘I feel in my heart that it’s important, but I don’t quite know yet the way to go about that. Maybe that’s the transitional thing I feel I’m in the middle of at the moment.’
Last night Whishaw’s spokesman confirmed the civil partnership, saying: ‘Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work.
‘Due to speculation, I can confirm that Ben and Mark entered into a civil partnership in August 2012. They were proud to do so and are very happy.’
Welcome to the freedom to be who you are Ben and a belated congratulations to the happy couple.
Earlier this week the equal marriage bill for England and Wales once again been passed in the House of Commons. all amendments added in the House of Lords were accepted, it will not be required to go back to the Lords.
Queen Elizabeth II wasting no time gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.
The law enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, provided that the religious institution consents. The Church of England, the country’s official faith, is barred from performing such ceremonies.
It also will allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships — which were introduced in 2005 and carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage — to convert their relationships to marriage.
The queen’s approval was a formality and is the last step necessary for a bill to become law.
Congratulations to the LGBT Community of Great Britain!
This, now more than ever reinforces my belief that we would have been better off losing the Revolutionary War.
The first gay couple to be married in the state of Maine took their vows in a short ceremony in the Portland city clerk’s office at approximately 12:25 a.m.
“We finally feel equal and happy to live in Maine,” said Steven Bridges, who married Michael Snell less than a half-hour after same-sex marriages became legal in the state.
The hand-holding grooms sported purple carnation corsages, matching T-shirts printed with the phrase “love is love,” and grins so big they hardly seemed to fit on their faces.
Snell and Bridges, both of Portland, have been together for nine years and had a commitment ceremony six years ago, but late Friday night, they were more than ready to make their love legal. The couple was the first in line to be married beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday in one of the state’s first legal same-sex marriage ceremonies.
Gay and lesbian couples began receiving their wedding licenses this morning in Washington State the first day they’ve been available, and Dan Savage and his beau Terry Miller were one of the first couples there.
“It’s really a remarkable journey we’ve been on and such a remarkable sea change,” Savage told the Seattle P-I. “And not just for gay people, but straight people have changed, too. It’s gotten better for us because straight people have gotten better about us.”
Savage has also helped organize the transformation of Seattle City Hall to host free weddings this Sunday.
Back2Stonewall.com sends a heartfelt congratulations to Dan and Terry on their upcoming wedding and may your life be full of happiness, health, abundance and perfect love for all the comfort, support and help you have offered to our young and vulnerable and fighting the good fight for LGBT equality.
I wonder if Brian Brown will be sending a wedding gift?