Same sex marriage. Some uncomfortable thoughts.
Firstly I need to say that I am totally in favour of same sex marriage. If I were an MP I would vote in favour. But I do question whether this is any of my business.
Some background. I am a heterosexual who has been in the same partnership for nearly 28 years. I am an atheit and do not want to make pretend vows to a God or Gods in whom I do not believe.
Nor do I want to get “married” at the local registry office. I am happy that people recognise that we are a couple who renew their vows on a daily basis and the lack of some certificate has not stopped us from weathering the ups and downs of a long term relationship.
However there are tax implications when we reach the ever near retirement age. The obvious solution? A civil partnership. Oh. Hang on. As a heterosexual couple, we are not entitled to a civil partnership….
I don’t want a ceremony. I would like equal rights to a married couple- whether heterosexual or same sex.
It seems that there is a simple solution…
Any couple- but also every couple- sign a legal document confirming their status and this is registered at the local county court.
If a couple subsequently wish to hold a marriage ceremony, in the church or location of their choice, then so be it.
Simple. It would help of course if we separated church and state so that these issues became less emotive and we did not have to waste parliamentary time debating matters of the state church…