Marriage is Unique
On this one point we agree. Marriage is unique. It is a union of two people in love, for life, to the exclusion of all others. A commitment upon which one can build a home and a family. We just think it should be available to all who want that commitment.
Be Glad of Redefinition
Marriage has not remained unchanged since the dawn of time. It has changed throughout history, adapting to each culture. In western culture it has more recently undergone changes to better protect the rights of women. Funnily enough, the Church of England (of which Lord Carey was head of as Archbishop of Canterbury) introduced divorce into marriage in the UK when it broke from the papacy. Divorce is the antithesis of marriage and the biggest change to the definition of marriage since its inception. Marriage changes all the time, and the churches themselves have been doing it. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
If marriage is redefined (again), those who believe in the modern definition of “traditional” marriage will still be married. They will still have the same sexual-orientation. Peoples’ careers will remain intact, the sun will keep shining, and toast will still have a tendency to land butter-side-down. Couples seeking to adopt or foster will still be assessed based on the needs of the child, as they should be. Also, if we’re very lucky, schools might teach kids not to be massive bigots like their parents, and we’ll be one step closer to a cohesive, mature, civilised society.
For people in the UK who believe marriage should be equally available to two consenting adults, regardless of their gender… Please sign the petition.