I do enjoy Shakespeare but I've never been a fan of Romeo and Juliet. I don't buy love at first sight as love, and what it encompasses, deserves more substance that an instant attraction. I can't tell you what true love means , it's meaning changes with perspective, but I do know one thing (Thanks to Burt Bacharach), It's the only the thing that there's just too little of.Love may be fleeting, with a sell by date that begins degrading from the day it starts, or maybe love truly can survive a lifetime. It don't matter, when it is found it should be cherished and celebrated. If two consenting adults want to stand in front of their friends, family, the world and declare that this is the person they love, the person they believe they want to spend the rest of their lives with, to grow old with, in sickness and in health, then no one has the right to stop them. We should applaud them and hope that everyone else in the world may be just as lucky.
People keep talking about the institution of marriage, as if it's an amazing entity when in reality opposite sex couples take marriage for granted. I know a number of people who married for convenience, safety, security. I know both men and women who cheat on their wives or husbands. So many marriages are flawed, surely what damage can allowing single sex couples to marry as well inflict on the concept? Yes, there are civil partnerships, but the connotations linked with them is 'less than', it's a pretend marriage, a substitution offered that causes segregation and highlights difference. If love is difference blind, shouldn't the process we use to celebrate it be blind also?I'm not religious, I think religion is process in which to control and supress but I understand that people hold different believes to myself and that they are entitled in a liberal society to worship their faith in any way that they choose as long as it is not at the expense of others. If everyone had the same courtesy there would not be an issue.
Allowing same sex marriages harms no one and the world needs as much love as it can get.
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