Parliament today has held a long debate on legalising “gay marriage”. Strong opinions on both sides, commonsense on neither – at least so far as I’ve heard reported.
What an utterly bizarre waste of time. How the **** is marriage any of the government’s business? It should be neither legal nor illegal: it should just be there for people who want it and churches/etc who are happy to marry them.
Marriage is a historical and religious tradition. For participants it’s a personal and/or religious statement. For the law to poke its nose into that and confuse it with legal rights and obligations is Big Government gone mad – the kind of thing this government is supposed to be against.
Where the law might legitimately have business with peoples relationships is where there are joint commitments and obligations. Children, obviously, but as soon as you widen the relationship net you could be looking at business partners, or people sharing a house and mortgage. And that begs the question: why does the law discriminate against units of more than two people, or against close relatives who can’t marry but might very well lead interdependent lives? The victims of serious discrimination are these ladies, whose rights got lost in the stupid confusion of law and marriage.
Exercises in futility seems to be a bit of a theme of the current government. They’re also (less controversially) changing the rules of succession for the monarchy in the name of equality. I find it hard to imagine a more glaring oxymoron than “equality” in that of all contexts!
 If you accept, as I don’t, that the act of marrying should confer the kind of special privilege they wanted to share.