Alan Rickman and Rima Horton
Alan "Severus Snape" Rickman as announced that he has tied the knot with his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton.
Rickman said, "We are married. Just recently. It was great, because no one was there. After the wedding in New York we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch."
After 50 years of being committed to each other without marriage, the decision to marry may have been less about the public commitment to stand by each other and more about the significant legal benefits to being married
A spouse, unlike an unmarried partner, will automatically be considered the next of kin of their partner, and marriage gives greater protection in intestacy cases. Some pension schemes will also be unsuitable for unmarried partners.
Congratulations to the happy couple. We wish you many more years of happiness together.
L-R John Humphries, Samantha Singer, Susan Jacklin QC, Kate Spicer, Dr Samantha Callan, Sir Paul Coleridge.
The Marriage Foundation and Sunday Times debate, "Is there a difference between marriage and cohabitation: should all cohabiting couples be treated the same?", was held on 8th January 2015. You can see the video of the debate here.