September 06, 2005
Belgium: No waffling on gay marriage
Alain De Jonge and Olivier Pierret became one of the first gay couples to marry in Belgium.
Stepping from the town hall into bright sunlight, Olivier Pierret raised his hand in triumph. It was his wedding day, and celebrations lay ahead. First was a vin d'honneur drinks reception among the airy rooms of an art gallery, then an elaborate dinner and finally, a surprise speech from his father, a taciturn 74-year-old who seldom displays emotion.
"You've envisaged and built your life along a different emotional track from that of your parents,"Pierret's father told his son and 73 wedding guests. "That's your right and above all your choice, and I respect and accept it with sincerity and joy."