Thursday, 21 October 2010
Most of you will know I'm pro-marriage. Not because my own experience has been particularly utopian, but because I believe making a declaration of commitment to another publicly is the ultimate compliment to the person with whom you wish to share your life.
Another reason I'm pro-marriage is that it gives any children a more stable environment in which to develop. Of course it's not always so, but that 'piece of paper' can make a difference between making efforts to resolve issues or just packing bags and leaving. It also legally protects both partners should things go wrong in a far less complicated way that a 'bidey in' relationship, which can require costly legal documents to ensure the security of both should things go wrong.
There will be those who disagree of course and say that many cohabiting couples do provide a stable home for their children and I don't disagree with them. So often I hear younger couples saying, "We'll get married when we can afford it," when they already have children yet currently it only costs £93.50 to get married in a Scottish registrar's office. Is it because people don't want the legal commitment of marriage, do they feel it's unnecessary or do they want the commitment but with all the glamour of an extravagant white wedding day? Possibly a combination of all three.
An opinion poll carried out for the Scottish Green Party found that 58% of people agreed that same sex couples should be able to get married. If they'd have asked me the percentage would have increased to 59%.
Why should same sex couples be denied the same rights as hetrosexual couples? There are no reasons which stand up to scrutiny these days.
Isn't it strange though, that within today's hetrosexual society it appears there is less need or regard for the institution of marriage and it's the gay lobby which is requesting access to what some consider an out-dated and unnecessary ceremony? Good luck to them. I've witnessed the serious financial cost one gay couple has expended in a bid to protect each other when, if they were treated equally, it could have cost as little as £93.50.
Let's rid ourselves of this 'civil partnership' legislation - which sounds more like a military pact - and promote marriage for all couples. Marriage isn't all about sex, it's far more complex. If those who disagree with homosexuality in general can look beyond the sex angle, then they should see that it's only right any couple should be able to make the ultimate commitment to their partner.