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PinkNews editor, from Richmond, gets engaged to Kingston partner in Parliament
A Richmond editor who proposed to his boyfriend in front of Nick Clegg and John Bercow could be one of the first gay couples to get married next year.
Joseph McCormick popped the question to his boyfriend James Hanson in the State Rooms at Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, October 23.
The couple were at an awards event for PinkNews, of which Mr McCormick is deputy editor, attended by guests including the deputy prime minister and the speaker of the house.
Mr McCormick said: “I’ve been thinking of popping the question to James for a little while and I thought that there could be no better location to do so than in Parliament itself and in front of Nick Clegg, the man who kicked off the moves towards same-sex marriage.”
The 26-year-old from Richmond said it was the icing on the cake to celebrate their engagement with so many people who were personally invested in same-sex marriage.
He said: “I was quite nervous. I was very sure that he would say yes but it was just the fact that the deputy prime minister and all these other people were in the same place so it was quite nerve-racking, not to mention I had been working on the awards and that itself was stressful.
“I am glad that I chose to do it that way. I found a quiet corner and I got down on one knee. It was literally just a few minutes before the speaker began the awards.”
The engagement was announced first by Mr Bercow, who congratulated the couple, and Mr Clegg, who said: “James, Joseph – brilliant that you should be able to propose, and have your proposal for marriage accepted in such a lavish setting.”
The couple have been together for six months and, after discovering their dream wedding venue at the weekend, hope to save up so they can have their special day next year.
Mr McCormick said: “When you know you know and it was what we both wanted. We both feel very strongly about marriage. We were very much agreed it was the next logical step.
“We would love to be one of the first to do it after the law comes in, which looks to be in about April.”
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