Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Civil partnership for all.
Being neither gay, Tory or for that matter very concerned about other peoples marriages, the Conservative Party tearing itself asunder over GAY MARRIAGE is a bit like stag beetles fighting - interesting enough to watch but you don't really care who wins. What is Cameron playing at? Is the whole thing just to take our minds off the vicissitudes of financial meltdown? Will gay weddings weaken the institution of marriage and shatter the bedrock of society? I'm sure that the answers to these questions are available somewhere - just not on this blog. None the less, I think I may have come up with the solution to the whole problem. A great many couples live together, raise children and go through the ups and downs of a relationship without feeling the need to have their union rubber stamped by the state. Others feel more comfortable within some kind of legal framework and again very many people enjoy the idea of a ceremony of commitment. If a secular "state marriage" or "civil ceremony" was the only legal form and was open to couples of any sexual preference the problem would go away; civil partnership for all. If couples also wanted to have their relationships sanctified by The Church Of The Sacred Slave Laundry, Mullahs, Elephant Gods or assorted tambourine bangers of any persuasion they would be at perfect liberty to do so and the faith of choice would be at liberty to be as inclusive or exclusive as they wanted. It would make no difference because such ceremonies would have no basis in law. Civil partnership for all who want it is surely the way foreword.