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Gay couple make history in Doncaster

Michelle (maiden name Bisatt) and Alison Hawley, who are the first gay couple in Doncaster to get married.

Michelle (maiden name Bisatt) and Alison Hawley, who are the first gay couple in Doncaster to get married.

Their smiling faces say it all – they are ‘thrilled’ to be the first gay couple in Doncaster to get married.

After being engaged for over three years, Alison and Michelle Hawley exchanged vows and tied the knot at Doncaster Register Office on Friday, paving the way for gay couples across the borough.

The Bentley couple were married in front of an intimate group of friends and family, and later celebrated their historic union with a reception at The Regent Hotel.

Alison, aged 40, proposed to Michelle while the couple were on holiday in Hertfordshire in 2011, and the couple initially decided on a civil ceremony.

But the women, who met when they were both working in the care industry, later changed their minds and decided to get married when they heard of the impending change to the law, which came in to force on March 29, giving equal rights in marriage for all couples.

Michelle, 52, said they are glad they changed their minds and decided to wait.

She added: “It’s very nice to be that landmark couple in Doncaster.

“We would have been given equal rights as civil partners, but I think the recognition that gay couples can be formally recognised in the same way makes it a big deal.

“We are thrilled to be the first gay couple to marry in Doncaster, and feel privileged to be part of such a landmark occasion.”

Michelle was married in a ivory dress, while Alison wore a black suit, with an electric blue stripe, and tie.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said she offers her congratulations to Michelle and Alison. “This is a time of celebration for many gay and lesbian couples who are getting married in Doncaster,” she said.

 

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