Playwright and author Alan Bennett has called the recent political furore caused by gay marriage “…a storm in a teacup”.
“I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about over gay marriage. I haven’t met anyone who cared one way or the other.”
“Civil partnership mattered but I really couldn’t understand why the far right-wing Conservatives were making so much fuss [about gay marriage]. It doesn’t threaten marriage. The whole thing seemed to me a storm in a teacup.”
When it was suggested in his interview that supporters of gay marriage felt it would offer total equality, Bennett replied:
“I felt that I had total equality, anyway.”
On his own civil partnership Bennett said:
“…it wasn’t a landmark because sometimes we can’t even remember the date of it. At Camden Register Office at that time they were trying to jazz things up a bit. They said, ‘Do you want flowers?’ and we said not really. ‘Do you want music?’ Not really. Disappointment on every score.”