With Ireland giving same-sex marriage the go-ahead and with the debate resurfacing in Australia, I wanted to share a thought on what marriage really means:
Marriage is not about love.
Marriage is not about sex.
Marriage is not about having kids.
Marriage is not about adoption rights.
Marriage is not about god(s) and superstitious tomfoolery.
All of those things go on, regardless of anyone's marrital status.
Marriage is about affording legal protection to the wealth and property of the people getting married and their families.
Marriage serves little to no benefit to those with nothing, as such 'traditionally' only people with wealth got married. Families were combined, dowries were paid, heirs were begat.
The bible, the koran, the torah, and just about every non-judeo-christian culture can serve to show plenty of evidence that the newly-defined "traditional marriage" is an outright lie.
What is NOT a lie is this: Our government affords legal protection to married couples, above and beyond the legal protection granted to unmarried persons (even protecting heterosexual de-facto couples over homosexual ones).
You can think of marriage in whatever terms you and your religious perversions compel. But having one social minority's preference for discrimination against another social minority codified in law, is wrong. All consenting adults (let's forego the slippery slope B.S.) be they heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transexual, polygamists, other; should have the same legal protection and rights as any other under the law.