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{COLUMNIST} CAMERON LAUX

Writer and father of two Cameron Laux talks you through being a gay dad in a few easy steps – even if it’s sometimes a case of one step forward and two steps back. Step one: brace yourself for a heart-stopping plunge into banal normality...

My husband and I have two kids. This terribly-banal statement is in fact outlandish for a number of reasons. First of all, I guess in my heart I never believed gay marriage was going to happen. My partner, Charlie, and I got married last year, on what we count as our tenth anniversary. The civil partnerships that were available in the UK from 2004 never really did it for us: they seemed like second-class marriage. When we call each other ‘husband’, say in conversation with the man who owns the hardware store at the end of the road, it sounds odd to my ears. The hardware man doesn’t blink. Actually, few people in London blink, but I suppose the point is that people elsewhere still do. Entire countries still blink.

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