posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 12:53 AM
Has THIS idea been covered yet? (and please feel free to flame if it has...)
The mere notion of 'marriage' being between 'one man and one woman', and that it was "ordained by god" is patently ludricrous.
It is a Human invention....nothing more, nothing less.
What was ONCE a system of transfering property between families ("marriage") has evolved into what we see today (in America, at least) as an
Industry....a business, involved in making what is supposed to be a 'sacred' occasion into a business opportunity -- for those who provide the
Not that I, nor anyone else, should deprive an entrepeneur of an opportunity to make a profit....but the 'marriage industry' is as shallow as the
'fashion industry', or the 'make-up industry'....they are inter-twined.
The far-right wing factions, the 'conservatives' here in the USA wish to claim their moral foundations based on the "sanctity of marriage"!!!
This, clever phrase is supposed to inflame their base, to oppose basic Human rights of otherwise loving couples, whilst these 'sanctimonious'
marriages end in roughly 50% failure.....
Well, the reality of marriage is this: IF you so choose, you may opt for a religious ceremony. Most straight couples do...and yet, there's that
pesky divorce rate....hmmmmm.
If, on the otherhand, you simply wish to enjoy some of the legal benefits of a marriage, but without all the religious overtones, well, it seems a
'man and a woman' have that same right. Looks like, regardless of the ceremony involved, even if it's not religious, those to people get rights
not afforded to a same-sex couple, even though they might all be 'married' by the same Justice of the Peace, in a civil ceremony.
So much for 'Equal Protection under the Law' as provided by....ummmm...the Constitution!!!!!!
Back to the legal implications of marriage....perhaps it's time to change THOSE laws....maybe our focus is distorted.
I am personally familiar with a man and a woman who met, fell in love, and decided to NOT marry because each had previously been in a failed marriage.
They lived together for nearly two decades...but, realizing that certain laws of the land would be easier to navigate, they decided to officially
'marry' before one of them died. I was there to witness a very non-religious 'marriage' on a beach in Florida. It was simple, did not need a
$50,000 budget, but since it was 'one man and one woman' there was no controversy.
Why can't two men, or two women, be afforded the same dignity????