Changing the Rules since 1979
Peter Scott-Morgan and Francis Scott-Morgan have been a couple since 1979. They joined their surnames in 1991. One of their proudest moments was early on the morning of December 21st 2005 (the first day it was legally possible in England to become Civil Partners).They had been granted special dispensation to hold the very first ceremony of the day not in a Register Office but instead in the grand ballroom of the Versailles-inspired Oldway Mansion. In an hour-long ceremony followed by a reception afterwards, with thirty family members covering four generations and a hundred international friends, witnessed by the Mayor and his dignitaries, and (given the perceived historic significance) in front of TV, radio and the press, they became the very first people in the history of England to be registered as a gay couple with a full marriage ceremony and in a venue worthy of the occasion. [See examples of BBC and press coverage.]
At 8.30am on 10 December 2014, almost exactly nine years after their historic Civil Partnership, Francis and Peter were chosen as the first in Devon to sign a legal document that retrospectively converted their partnership to a Marriage. Their union back in 2005 now became the first fully-fledged marriage ceremony of a gay couple. At long last, Francis and Peter were now, and legally had been since 21 December 2005, husband and husband.
Previously, in 1993 they precipitated a change in US-Immigration policy when they set legal precedent by being formally accepted as an unmarried couple entitled to unlimited independent travel in and out of the USA despite being the same gender and only one of them being on Executive Transfer.
Wherever they have been based, Francis and Peter have always maintained a home in Devon, England, within a few miles of most of their large extended family. During World War II, Dr Scott-Morgan’s father designed key parts of the communication strategy for Operation Overlord and the D-Day landings, for which he was awarded the MBE.