The Ceremony

Civil Partnership Registration
for Peter & François

London UK, 26 August 2006

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At Marylebone Old Town Hall

We welcome you here today on this very special occasion of deep significance for Peter and François. Today, they will affirm their love and publicly declare their commitment to each other.

 Introduction

This place in which you are now met has been duly sanctioned according to law for the registration of civil partnerships. You are here to witness the formation of a civil partnership by Peter and François. If any person present knows of any impediment to this civil partnership, he or she should declare it now.

Peter and François have chosen to pledge themselves to each other by committing to a legally binding contract. Their partnership will enable the love and respect that they have for each other to develop into a deep and lasting relationship. We, who are witnessing your civil partnership, hope that despite the stresses inevitable in any life, your love, trust and understanding of each other will increase your contentment and heighten your joy of living.

 Vows

I, Peter, pledge to share my life openly with François. I will cherish and tenderly care for you, honour and encourage you. I will respect you as an individual and be true to you through good times and bad. I promise to honour this pledge as long as I live.

I, François, pledge to share my life openly with Peter. I will cherish and tenderly care for you, honour and encourage you. I will respect you as an individual and be true to you through good times and bad. I promise to honour this pledge as long as I live.

Signing of the Civil Partnership Schedule

We now come to the signing of the schedule, which will bind Peter and François together in law.

(each partner to repeat the following in turn)

I declare that I know of no legal reason why we may not register as each other’s partner. I understand that on signing this document we will be forming a civil partnership with each other.

Peter and François, would you please step forward to sign the Civil Partnership Schedule, along with Pauline and Francine, your witnesses.

Presentation of Commemorative Certificate

Peter and François, you are now partners in law and it is with pleasure that I present you with your Civil Partnership Certificate.

Now that the ceremony is over and the experience of living day by day as legal partners is about to begin, go and meet it gladly.

Please join with Peter and François as they celebrate their partnership!