And yet there are still people who are denied their rights and I'm just so lost in how that happened. What gives some people the ability to say, "You're different and an abomination and you can't get married"?
I'm not the hugest fan of marriage in general. I think Ben Affleck said it best in He's Just Not That Into You. Why do people feel the need to pay money to the government so that they can get a certificate that says 'You're Married! Yay!'? If you're really in love with someone and you care about each other why do you need to prove that to your friends and family by having an expensive ceremony?
Marriage itself is so flawed. Is a certificate really going to stop someone from being unfaithful? It's not going to stop them from leaving you. It'll just take a little longer to get the paperwork settled.
Yes, it's a nice concept. Promising to be with someone forever and caring for the other when they're sick? It sounds awesome. Who doesn't want to have a partner throughout their life that they can trust to be there and support them?
What I'm saying is not that people can't be monogamous. Power to those people. If my grandparents can do it, so can you. What I'm saying is what Ben's character advocates for in the movie. If your partner promises to stand by you and love you, isn't that enough?
It's enough for me.
But anyway, if you do feel the need to express that love with a fancy party, you do that. There's also the privileges of marriage, and that is the part that is important in these cases, I suppose.
I'm so confused as to how people can be so close minded. Who are these people that say gay couples aren't worthy of being married? They can't be that different from the rest of us, other than their obvious lack of compassion and kindness. I cannot even grasp how they can still fail to understand that whether or not they think it's 'right' these people are still people and they deserve fairness and equality.
I don't even believe it's a matter of gay rights anymore. I believe it's a matter of equal rights for all.
I want to meet the people that vote no for equality just like I would like to have a conversation with the politicians who have no intention to give the world a real climate change deal in Copenhagen and the people who think that Harry Potter is evil. I just want to sit down and have a conversation about what is wrong with them. Maybe that's a little harsh. Maybe not.
Maybe something's not wrong with them. But something is definitely wrong with the notion that some people are lesser than other's and thus deserve less rights. I thought equality was standard in North America. Apparently I was wrong.
I would like to end the blog there on a strong, hopefully resonating sentence, but I had some other bits to add. I've now finished both Going Bovine and Liar and I'm reading Leviathan. Yay!
Book club soon? Oh and did we talk about doing The Book Thief or was that in my imagination??