Couple renew vows – after sex change
Friday 20 January 2012, 09:43AM
Like a lot of happy couples, Barry and Anne Watson wanted to renew their marriage vows.
But when they went ahead nine years after their wedding, there was a big difference: This time Barry was a woman called Jayne.
And Anne was only too happy to go ahead with the ceremony to show how much she loved her new wife.
“At first Anne was furious when I told her I wanted a sex change,” says Barry, 43, a former bus driver who changed his name to Jayne by deed poll.
“Our marriage had been going through problems and she thought I’d been cheating on her with another woman. But I just wanted to be one.
“Anne came to accept me for who I wanted to be and love me as Jayne. Renewing our vows seemed the perfect way to tell the world how happy we are with our new lives.”
Anne, 53, added: “I grieved for the loss of Barry, but there were sides to Jayne I enjoyed getting to know. Now we sit and giggle and talk about hair, clothes and make-up.
“To me our second wedding was more special than our first as I knew Jayne was finally comfortable with who she was.”
Anne added: “I still love the same person whether they’re called Barry or Jayne... even though she does drive me mad when she steals my clothes without asking me!”
And Jayne thinks she’s the luckiest woman alive to have such a caring and loving wife in Anne. “People might think I’m weird or a freak. But all that matters to me is that my wife loves me.”