Former SU President on track for a gay marriage

Former SU President proposes to partner as gay marriage laws come into place


A former Notts SU President and his partner could be set for marriage after gay marriage laws came into force this weekend.

Former President Ed Fordham proposed to Russell Eagling last year having been together for 15 years.

Graduating in 1993, Ed was SU President until 1994.

Named by Times Higher Education in a 1996 list “Ones for the future: student politicians to look out for”, Ed has been active in the Lib Dems for over 20 years.

Ed Fordham and his partner Russell Eagling

Ed Fordham and his partner Russell Eagling (Picture via Twitter: @edfordham)

The couple’s good news even found its way into Hansard (the official record of Parliamentary proceedings) and became the first ever gay engagement notice in The Times.

They are said to be friends of the Deputy Prime Minister, who tweeted the news:

Speaking on gay marriage, Ed Fordham said:

“I don’t want family members to say that was uncle Ed and that bloke who lived with him.

“I want them to say that was uncle Ed and uncle Russell.”

A first for The Times - a gay engagement announcement

A first in The Times – a gay engagement announcement