“In 2006 the Green Book rules were changed to prohibit payments to partners. At no point did I consider myself to be in breach of the rules which in 2009 defined partner as ‘one of a couple … who although not married to each-other or civil partners are living together and treat each-other as spouses. Although we were living together we did not treat each other as spouses’.
Quite so. He should have stuck to his guns, but unfortunately we are on the road from 'everything permitted that isn't forbidden' to 'everything forbidden that isn't permitted, and everything permitted is mandatory', so now that gay men can enter into civil partnerships, bestowing a similar legal position as marriage, poor David is obliged to espouse his secret lover.