Amber Selman Lynn wanted to help plan a women’s march in Mobile, Ala., this month to mark the first anniversary of last year’s huge protests across the country. With no experience in political activism, she had helped organize a bus fBoris Johnson
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, married his girlfriend Carrie Symonds in a secret wedding at Westminster Cathedral, making him the first British prime minister to marry while in office in nearly 200 years. The pair married on Sunday at the Roman Catholic Westminster Cathedral in front of a small group of their friends and family, according to Downing Street.
Robert Banks Jenkinson, the last prime minister to marry while in office, did so in 1822.
Despite the fact that Johnson has been married twice before, the Roman Catholic Church allows divorcees to remarry if their prior marriages were not in the Catholic Church.
Many people on Twitter have expressed worry that the British prime minister had to have his previous marriages annulled in order to remarry according to Catholic canon because his previous wives were still alive and healthy.
Father Mark Drew, Warrington’s assistant priest, asked on Twitter if “anyone” could explain to him “how ‘Boris’ Johnson, who left the Catholic church while at Eaton and is twice divorced, can be married at Westminster Cathedral. “While I have to tell practicing Catholics in good faith who want a second chance to get married at Westminster Cathedral.”
“In general terms, a baptised Catholic who has contracted a marriage recognized in civil law but without observing the requirements of Catholic canon law is not recognised as validly married in the eyes of the Catholic Church,” the Archdiocese of Westminster said, without commenting on specific situations.
Despite receiving Church of England confirmation at school, Mr Johnson remained a Catholic, according to the archdiocese’s spokeswoman, because it is not possible to publicly defect from the Church under Catholic canon law. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI issued a decree emphasizing this point.
Carrie Johnson, 33, is getting married for the first time, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 56, is getting married for the third time.
The pair announced their engagement and the fact that she was expecting in February 2020.
Last year, Johnson and Symonds, the former Conservative Party communications director, announced their engagement when the bride was already expecting their son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson. He was born in April 2020, just a few months after Johnson and Wheeler reached an agreement on the financial aspects of their divorce, which was finalized in November of that year.
Between 1987 and 1993, Johnson was married to the artist and journalist Allegra Mostyn-Owen, as well as the Indian-origin barrister and journalist Marina Wheeler.
After 25 years of marriage, Johnson and Wheeler announced their divorce in 2018. In 2020, the divorce was finalized.
The couple will celebrate with family and friends again next summer, according to the statement, and their honeymoon will be postponed until then.
According to the BBC, the prime minister has already returned to work.
Father Daniel Humphreys, who had given the couple pre-marriage instructions and oversaw the baptism of their son Wilfred, who was born in April 2020, officiated at the wedding.
ull of women to go from Mobile to NY. After they came back from the euphoric trip, they formed a group called Mobile Marchers that met monthly. They spoke up for the Affordable Care Act at town-hall-style meetings, and knocked on doors for the Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones, the Democrat who beat Roy S. Moore in a stunning victory last month.
In Texas, emails collected by the organizers of the Women’s March in Austin are being repur posed to promote candidates who support abortion rights. In Arkansas, Gwen Combs, the elementary schoolteacher who organized the Little Rock march, is now running for Congress. Thousands of women in October attended a convention in Detroit training them on every thing from lobbying elected officials to white supremacy.
Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.
But as the movement evolves, differing priorities and tactics have emerged among the women, nearly all of them unpaid and spread across the country. Now, on the eve of the anniversary, a rift is emerging between two groups: Women’s March Inc., which organized the march on NY and spent much of the year creating more social justice protests, and another organization of activists who planned sister marches last year and believe that winning elections, particularly in red states, should be the “We can march and take to the streets and yell about all the stuff we want to change, but unless we’re getting people elected to office who are going to make those changes, we’re not really doing anything,” said Lindsey Kanaly, who organized the women’s march in Oklahoma City and is now a March On board member. “We can march and take to the streets and yell about all the stuff we want to change, but unless we’re getting people elected to office who are going to make those changes, we’re not really doing anything,” said Lindsey Kanaly, who organized the women’s march in Oklahoma City and is now a March On board member.
The organizers of the march in Washington made a point of picking leaders from communities who have historically been ignored by mainstream feminist groups. Of the four national co chairwomen of the Washington march, three were minorities. But the group’s leadership had very little geographic diversity. Nearly all of the board members of Women’s March Inc. are from New York City. “What they are doing is great, but it’s difficult to tap into here,” said Kelly Smith, a librarian from Berea, Ky., who organized buses from Kentucky to Washington for the march last year. A general strike could not work in Kentucky, a state where many women depend on hourly wages and do not have union protections, she said.
March On’s founders say the group grew out of weekly conference calls held by the organizers of sister marches as they swapped tips on applying for permits, finding sponsors and obtaining event insurance. After the marches, they met for the first time at a retreat and decided to form a new organization that would focus on giving organizers tools to help win elections.
In October, March On began an initiative called March on the Polls, which urges local activists to use the anniversary to help register and educate voters in advance of the midterm elections.
Mindful of the optics of dividing the movement, March On founders describe the organization as a complement, not a competitor, to Women’s March Inc. Both groups have refrained from criticizing the other in public. But behind the scenes, there has been some frustration. The organizers of the march in Washington made a point of picking leaders from communities who have historically been ignored by mainstream feminist groups. Of the four national co chairwomen of the Washington march, three were minorities.
But the group’s leadership had very little geographic diversity. Nearly all of the board members of Women’s March Inc. are from New York City. So far, the split between Women’s March and March On has not dampened the enthusiasm for marking the anniversary. Many activists in the field said they were unaware of the division. Those who are say they seek resources from both organizations: Women’s March Inc. provides a unifying vision and a national spotlight, while March On gives on-the-ground support, such as legal advice on applying for nonprofit status.