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First same-sex couple ready to tie the knot in Wakefield

The first couple in Wakefield to get a licence to wed as a same-sex couple is Phillip Dawson and Joseph Stanger. (w622a413)

The first couple in Wakefield to get a licence to wed as a same-sex couple is Phillip Dawson and Joseph Stanger. (w622a413)

A couple of hairdressers will be city’s first same-sex couple to marry.

Phillip Dawson, 36, and Joseph Stanger, 33, of Joseph Bespoke Hairdressing on Bond Street, will tie the knot at the end of the month, following the introduction of the equal marriage bill.

Salon owner Mr Stanger, said: “It will be nice to be properly married. We’re no different to anyone else, we just want to be treated as any other couple.

“It’s not about making a statement. We just want a quiet wedding with our best friends around us.

“It’s about making memories.”

Mr Stanger and Mr Dawson are getting married at a register office in Chelsea and will be accompanied by Josh Frith and Shaun Deakin, who also work at the salon.

Mr Stanger said: “We’re all one happy family. We’ve had so much support from all of our clients as well.

“Everyone is so happy and excited for us.

“We wanted to keep the wedding small because it’s about us, no-one else.”

Following the ceremony, the couple are going to celebrate on the London Eye and then at an entertainment bar in the evening.

Mr Dawson said: “For our honeymoon we’re going to go straight off to Paris which is where we got engaged.

“We’re then going to Egypt in summer and we’re hoping to go on safari later in the year.

“We try to fit things around the salon and our clients.”

Mr Stanger and Mr Dawson met three-years-ago through a mutual friend over social networking site Facebook.

Mr Dawson said: “Ever since our first date, I knew he was the one.

“We met up at a sushi bar in Leeds. We couldn’t stop chatting and we like the same things.

“We just work well together and have a good energy.”

He said that one of the main benefits of the equal marriage bill is that they can share the same surname.

The bill came into effect at midnight on Friday March 28, allowing same-sex couples the right to marry in Britain.

 

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