I've been engaged to my partner for four years now. We were going to get a civil partnership - We looked at venues, I went so far as to write my vows and stuff - but then they started saying how full marriage would be legalised. So we put it off, because a proper marriage, to us, is preferable to some half-hearted attempt at equality (however well intentioned it was originally intended to be).|
What we want is to be able to live together and be able to have our commitment to each other recognised on equal terms to any other couple. Not to have to tick a different box saying we are "civil partners" instead of "married", which would just feel like we are considered a second-rate couple, an afterthought or petty concession to equal rights.
Marriage is about two people who love each other and want to commit their lives to each other. It is not about procreation (plenty of people have kids before marrying each other, plenty of people marry without having kids). It is not about religion (more and more marriages are conducted as civil ceremonies).
It's about equality, about feeling as though we are on par with any other loving couple rather than not being (legally) allowed to call each other husband and husband just because of some stupid idiots in even more stupid clothing have decided they have some sort of monopoly on morality and a tradition that long predates their little book.
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