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Wednesday, 14 February, 2001, 16:36 GMT
Richard and Judy screen gay wedding
Judy Finnigan and Richard Madely at the gay
Judy Finnigan and Richard Madely attended the ceremony
Presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan were guests at a live gay "wedding" as a male couple tied the knot on ITV's This Morning.

The Valentine's Day ceremony saw Neil Morris "marry" his partner Mark Jinks - both men wearing dark morning suits.

They took their vows to a backing tape of Celine Dion's chart-topper My Heart Will Go On, from the soundtrack of the blockbuster film Titanic.

Neil's mother Jane was given a makeover prior to the ceremony, which was also attended by Mark's father, John.

Mark Jinks and Neil Morris
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Reverend Jonathan Blake, of the Society for Independent Christian Ministry, performed the "marriage", which the couple sealed in traditional fashion with a kiss.

However, current UK law will not recognise the "marriage" as legal.

"In the eyes of the couple and the community, this is a legal wedding," said Rev Blake. "In time society will catch up."

A spokesman for the popular morning show said: "A lot of gay men have contacted This Morning about the possibility of performing a blessing on the programme.

"We thought that Valentine's Day would be the perfect opportunity.

"They're a very sincere and genuine couple and have the full backing and support of their parents."

See also:

01 Dec 00 | Europe
Germany approves 'gay marriage'
30 Nov 00 | UK Politics
Gay consent at 16 becomes law
21 Jul 00 | Americas
Gay marriage test in Canada
19 Apr 99 | Entertainment
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