(I know what I said yesterday about not wanting to discuss what goes on in the privacy of one’s own home but… let’s pretend I didn’t say that)
Imagine you can hear the Sex and The City theme music playing. Plus you also need to imagine these words appearing letter by letter. Ready… ok, here we go…
The issue of gay marriage (but for this blog post I’m going to call it what I prefer to call it: marriage equality) raises passions like no other issue seems to. The majority of people across the UK political and religious divides favour some kind of legal and social recognition for gay couples.
Over the last twelve months I couldn’t help but wonder what would it take for our approach to this issue to become redemptive rather than divisive?
(You can stop imagining the theme music now. And wouldn’t sex and the city be a different show if Carrie Bradshaw wrote columns about this sort of issue rather than asking “Are men in their twenties the new designer drug?”)
I’m in favour of marriage equality. I’d like to see marriage redefined to include gay couples. (And before people start writing headlines, Henry VIII redefined marriage when he created the Church of England in the first place) I don’t think holding that position means I’m trying to destroy other people’s marriages, I’m trying to strengthen the institution of marriage by adding to the number of married people. Do you need the stat that says half of marriages end in divorce? Straight people, you’re not doing so well with protecting those marriages. Let’s get other people involved.
Forming families, traditional or not, is good for the soul.
How can disagreement on this issue be constructive rather than destructive? How can my desire to one day have the choice to get married (rather than civil partnered) be such a destructive thing?
As usual Stella Duffy has written far more eloquently than I could about this issue. Go read her blog post about equal marriage.