Elton invited to Barrie and Tony’s wedding

Elton invited to Barrie and Tony’s wedding

Elton invited to Barrie and Tony’s wedding

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BRITAIN’S first gay surrogate parents have announced they will be getting married – and have invited fellow gay dad Elton John to the wedding.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and his partner Tony, who run the Maldon-based British Surrogacy Centre, are already civil partners, but have decided to get married after the same-sex marriage bill was passed in July.

Practising Christian Mr Drewitt- Barlow, 44, had hoped to get married in his local church in Danbury and launched a legal challenge in August after he was barred from doing so.

Now, he has turned his back on the plan and instead intends to tie the knot at Pontlands Park hotel, in Great Baddow, on March 29.

Not one to do things out of the limelight, the pair have invited a host of celebrities to the 200-guest wedding, including A-lister Elton, who they know through surrogacy, and singer Ricky Martin.

Former professional footballer Neil “Razor” Ruddock will make an appearance as Tony’s best man and the Only Way is Essex stars Amy Childs and Chloe Sims will make up some of the ten bridesmaids.

Barrie has signed a contract with a national magazine preventing him talking to other media.

But Kirsty Maguire, project manager at the British Surrogacy Centre, in Chandlers Quay, Maldon, said: “Invitations were sent out this week and we haven’t got all the requests back, so we don’t know if Elton John is coming yet.

“Most of the Towie lot have been invited as Barrie and Tony are good friends with them all.

“The wedding will be very pink and very Essex. The preparations are going really well and everyone is very excited.”

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4:48pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Best not say too much about this event but unlike the report I don't think everyone is that excited!
Best not say too much about this event but unlike the report I don't think everyone is that excited! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 15

5:12pm Sun 12 Jan 14

siteman says...

I may be old fashioned but I cannot agree with same sex couples bringing up children like this. I find it morally and ethically disturbing!
I may be old fashioned but I cannot agree with same sex couples bringing up children like this. I find it morally and ethically disturbing! siteman
  • Score: -1

5:19pm Sun 12 Jan 14

CO6 resident says...

Perversion.
Perversion. CO6 resident
  • Score: -4

6:48pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Route88 says...

A pair of exhibitionists.
A pair of exhibitionists. Route88
  • Score: 11

7:28pm Sun 12 Jan 14

wormshero says...

While I'm glad that marriage is now equal and sensible, this isn't OK magazine and the world doesn't need to know their wedding list, it has literally nothing to do with anyone other than them.
While I'm glad that marriage is now equal and sensible, this isn't OK magazine and the world doesn't need to know their wedding list, it has literally nothing to do with anyone other than them. wormshero
  • Score: 2

8:03pm Sun 12 Jan 14

greenbroker says...

Route88 wrote:
A pair of exhibitionists.
Exactly right. I don't need to know this stuff. Will the Essex County Standard be publishing their wedding photo?
[quote][p][bold]Route88[/bold] wrote: A pair of exhibitionists.[/p][/quote]Exactly right. I don't need to know this stuff. Will the Essex County Standard be publishing their wedding photo? greenbroker
  • Score: 10

1:37pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Douglas Park says...

While marriage equality cannot come quickly enough, I am intrigued as to how the Drewitt-Barlows intend to get married on 29 March, if they are already in a civil partnership. The government has yet to advise how and when civil partners can convert their partnership to a marriage (although personally speaking It should happen automatically as we should have had marriage equality from the start without the half-way house that was civil partnerships.)

The only way I can see that they could legally get married on 29 March would be to have their existing civil partnership dissolved - the equivalent of getting divorced - which seems a rather extreme thing to do just so they can have a big party and their pictures in a glossy magazine.
While marriage equality cannot come quickly enough, I am intrigued as to how the Drewitt-Barlows intend to get married on 29 March, if they are already in a civil partnership. The government has yet to advise how and when civil partners can convert their partnership to a marriage (although personally speaking It should happen automatically as we should have had marriage equality from the start without the half-way house that was civil partnerships.) The only way I can see that they could legally get married on 29 March would be to have their existing civil partnership dissolved - the equivalent of getting divorced - which seems a rather extreme thing to do just so they can have a big party and their pictures in a glossy magazine. Douglas Park
  • Score: 1

9:04am Tue 14 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Makes me squirm this sort of thing and thankful to have had normal parents.
Makes me squirm this sort of thing and thankful to have had normal parents. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -1

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