Monday, March 24, 2014

This is a momentous week for celebrating equality and human rights. Because on Saturday we will see the first ever same sex marriages take place in Britain.

It is interesting to note that CBBC has scheduled repeats of Marrying Mum and Dad (series 2) on weekdays at 2.15pm, and that the episode featuring a civil partnership is due to be screened on Monday 31st March, by which time LGB same-sex couples in England and Wales will be legally entitled to marry.

On 28th July 2013, some two weeks before its first transmission, I advised CBBC's Creative Director to ensure the civil partnership episode would be relevant : ".. I'm sure you're aware that new legislation in England and Wales will mean that same-sex couples will actually be allowed to marry next year. Scotland is almost certain to follow suit. .."

Hopefully the Stonewall-award-winning episode, if shown again, will be, or has already been updated to take account of marriage equality advances.

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