Same-sex marriage is looking increasingly likely to be a reality in England and Wales as, following a hotly contested path, the process of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill enters its final stages. This is widely being celebrated as a victory for equality, and while its introduction is undoubtedly a positive move, the proposed legislation falls a long way short of equality for many transgender men and women.
For the six years we have spoken every day. As I get home from work in the UK, David arrives at his office in LA. We get online and chat right through the day until I have to go to sleep. Sadly, this long distance communication is avoidable and our separation is down to America's divisive and immoral Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
There is no doubt about the fundamental value that we place upon marriage and its role at the heart of our society. Marriage embodies the principles of love, loyalty and commitment - all vital components of a strong society. And it is those principles that we are championing through the Equal Marriage Bill which continues its journey through Parliament tonight.
Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are not the province of Christianity or any other religion for that matter. Mr Carey is suggesting that the right to marry is somehow the province of religion, not the state. That, by definition, is 'relativism,' which the former archbishop seems unwilling to recognise, despite rushing to condemn it.
Were one to say "there are some black people whose intelligence I find stunning and am challenged by it," we would quickly denounce it as racist - and rightly so... Needless to repeat then his opposition to equal marriage, which alone, according to Peter Tatchell, is enough to establish Mr Welby's prejudice against gay people.
For the last nine years, many transgender people in the UK have faced a terrible dilemma. In 2004 the Gender Recognition Act was passed. This piece of legislation allowed transgender people rights in law to be recognised as their identified gender. This is more important than you might initially think.
Does the government think that all same sex partners' sexual morals are so louche that the idea of a monogamous relationship is alien and therefore adultery is not needed to support a divorce petition? Does the government think same sex couples' sexual appetites are so voracious that no same-sex marriage could possibly remain unconsummated?