...make sure that ALL Geeks can get married if they want to!
As a straight person, all of this doesn't impact me, which I sort of feel gives me some kind of moral obligation to stand up and say, "I have the choice to marry. And I see no valid reason why certain other people shouldn't."
My personal view on all this, to be perfectly honest, is that I can't see why anyone would want
to get married. All that ownership stuff, all that history of married women not being allowed to have their own tax returns
, etc, etc. (Look at the date on that link! I was well into adulthood - thirty-three in fact - before things changed in England & Wales, and it was a major factor in my not marrying in my twenties). Still, that's just me.
The main sticking point to allowing same-sex marriages seems to be that the Church of England is saying "Marriage is for having children" and "Marriage is defined as being one man and one woman". Or words to that effect - forgive me if I can't be arsed to look up the exact quotes right now. Clearly the Church of England never allow anyone who doesn't meet the first criterion to marry in their hallowed buildings, so I quite agree they shouldn't be forced to allow those who don't meet the second.
Basically, I believe that religion should be a private thing, and no-one should be allowed to impose their religious views, habits, or rules on anyone else. It follows that no church or other religious organisation should be allowed to impose their views on the laws of the land. In my view they should definitely retain the right to say who marries within their particular cult or sect, but they should not have any say in who is allowed to marry at all.
(I presume that any new legislation on the matter would specify that both parties to the marriage must be human and of a certain age and mental competence. That being so, I think we can discount the scare-mongering that says legalising gay marriage will lead to bestiality and whatever.)
Anyways, if you're interested, or just neutral, you might want to follow some of the links below. There isn't much time left to show the politicians that society is no longer unthinkingly homophobic, and that societal norms should not be driven by people whose first concern is keeping a god happy rather than developing tolerance towards people who aren't wired the way they are.
Three things to do before you go to bed tonight (if you haven't already)
1/ Go here
and sign the C4EM's petition for marriage equality. This is the simplest and probably most visible way to show your support. It currently has 60,000 signatures -- the petition against (by C4M) has over 500,000!!!
2/ Go here
and fill out the government's consultation. It might take a little bit longer, but you can bet that for every pro-person who doesn't find the time, there will be dozens of 'anti' people who will.
3/ Email your MP
. There's a handy template there for you to use so you don't even have to think of what to say. Also, you can go here
to see where your MP stands on the issue. A hugely important thing to do because the majority of MPs will be voting with their conscience
rather than following the party line, so make sure you let yours know your feelings.
4/ Okay, so I lied. There's actually a fourth thing. And that is simply spread the word. The consultation ends today - it's our last chance to get as many people mobilised as possible. So tweet it, Facebook, blog it, beat your friends and family around the head with it until they give in!!! And if you want to repost to your own journal (and please feel free to edit), here's an ever-so helpful button