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If Jack loves Jim not Jill then fine, but can it lead to ‘marriage’?

Gay marriage seems to be the topic of much public discussion. Initially I thought I didn’t care. Hey, if Jack loves Jim instead of Jill it’s his business.

Gay marriage seems to be the topic of much public discussion. Initially I thought I didn’t care. Hey, if Jack loves Jim instead of Jill it’s his business.

I don’t believe I have any right to sit in judgement on anyone’s relationships. It’s hard enough looking after my own.

Maybe Jill loves Janet. What’s it to me? Compared to megalomaniac politicians sending young men and women to be maimed and slaughtered in illegal wars while they swan around the globe making millions, it’s a positive ray of sunshine.

I’m incensed by incompetent bankers lining their pockets at our expense. By inept council executives cutting services and laying off the lowly paid while protecting their own positions.

I’m angry about energy companies that triple profits leaving the elderly and vulnerable to chose between food and heating.

So, yes, if Bill wants to spend the rest of his life with Ben good luck to him. They’ll probably have the most impeccable house on the block anyway.

What I really don’t get is the ‘marriage’ thing.

Last time I checked, the definition of marriage was the formal union between a man and a woman, which is the very relationship gays don’t want.

So why call it marriage? Call it something else, make up a word if you must, but why call it what it clearly is not?

If we change the meaning of marriage where do we stop? Do we have three-party ‘marriages’ as in the Netherlands? (Surely that’s polygamy?) If three, why not six or 10-party ‘marriages’?

How long do you suppose it would be before someone wants to ‘marry’ a tree or a swan? (Sounds crazy I know, but so did a lot of things 50 years ago.)

I can’t have a ‘gay’ relationship with my wife. If I referred to it in those terms the letters page would be awash with complaints.

And, by definition people of the same sex cannot form a ‘marriage’, unless we distort the meaning. That’s just the way it is.

Look, there is not enough love in the world as it is so why don’t we accept ourselves as we are and stop fretting about what we’re not?

Now you’ve read this, find your partner (whoever that may be) and give them a big hug – if you can afford it maybe book a romantic dinner for two? Enjoy.

 
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