Gay Marriage- or as I call it, Marriage!

This was originally going to be my entry for the Movellas gets Political contest, but I couldn't devote the time to it that I wanted. Nevertheless, it is now here- my discussion on gay marriage.

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1. What 'is' Marriage?

Before we can discuss the merits of 'gay' marriage, we need to actually define marriage. What exactly IS marriage?

If you accept religious definitions as your own then marriage is an everlasting bond between a man and a woman- a holy union, witnessed by God.

Fair enough, if you're religious. But what if you're not?

After all, not everyone believes in God and not everyone is a Christian, yet it often seems like (especially in the USA but in other parts of the world as well) hardcore elements within Christian and conservative societies are committed to imposing their view of what marriage is on everyone else.

They would have you believe marriage is and can only be a religious institution, when surely, surely, it's open to far more people than that?

The biggest flaw with right-wing thinking on this issue though, is not how they define marriage or try to limit who it applies to- it's the slippery slope they go down when discussing the consequences.

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