I wonder if I were gay, would I go to San Francisco to get married just to make the point that I should be allowed to do it. My brother wrote about how he thought marriages, well really relationships, should, or shouldn't be. I don't treat marriage as the institution my brother does, where true love and companionship are what counts. Well, he doesn't really treat marriage that way either, he treats relationships that way, and marriage is just a formality.
I'd agree that it's just a formality, so why not get married with a good friend solely for the economic benefits? IANAL but I don't know of any laws that prevent this. So why not get married for political reasons, to make the point that yes, you are gay, and you should deserve the same rights as all those silly hetero's out there? My attitude on marriage has changed some since I was 18, when I remember a kid in the dorm proposing to his professor, and really wanting to get married, but solely for the sake of performance art/social commentary. (He planned on getting married and divorced in the same day.) His professor turned him down, but I remember talking with him about how shouldn't marriage should be held to a higher plateau? Shouldn't it deserve more respect? I realize that was the exact point he was trying to make or bring to awareness, that our society doesn't value marriage any more. (Especially since he did talk about future plans with his girlfriend, and what their marriage would be.)
I guess now I'm much more for peoples rights to do whatever they want.
|Marriage is love.|