UK1 - The right to marry for LGBT couples in the UK
Marriage in modern society is generally considered a celebration of a couples' relationship and a public declaration of that couples' commitment to one another. Motivations for marriage have varied throughout time and differ significantly across cultures. Although marriage has, for a long time, maintained a symbiotic relationship with religion, this relationship should not influence or inform the tone of the law or the ability for people to identify themselves as married. Although the Civil Partnership Act 2004 granted same-sex couples the same legal rights (and responsibilities) under 'Civil Union', it fails to remedy the division that is created by the state not affording LGBT couples equal recognition in wording. Marriage is not singularly a religious term and so I believe anything less than an amendment in law to remedy this division constitutes nothing less than discrimination by the state. Any society which celebrates diversity should allow people equal freedoms under law.
- Marriage originally constituted a transaction; a transfer of property (the woman) from father to husband
- In the UK there are twice as many civil marriages as there are religious ones
- Modern marriages typically celebrate love and companionship rather than the transfer of wealth or being specifically for the purposes of procreation, so the historical religious meanings are becoming less and less relevant
- The ceremony of marriage is enshrined in cultural tradition. This tradition is distinct from religious tradition. The ceremony of marriage is denied in 'civil unions' as it is something new.
God made man and women for one another, not man for man or woman for women. Fine people like the same sex but keep that to yourselves. We have children and I sure as hell do not want them seeing a woman marrying another women and a man marrying another man.
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