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Let those in love marry

JOSEPH KARL
Last updated 10:56 31/12/2012

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Many words have been spilled over this, and I'm not going to spill too many more.

If a man and a woman decide to marry, this gives them a certain legal and social status that pretty much everybody recognises.

I am 39-years-old, and when I was young grew up with older people who had been forced to marry people that today they never would have. This was because of the effects of World War II, and the social pressures on young people of the time to marry and have a family.

Marriage, in its most ideal form, should be between two consenting people that love each other, want to be in a committed relationship, and are willing to stand by that commitment for the long term.

This means that if people want to marry, they marry someone who they have these feelings for. They could be of the same sex. They could be much younger or older. They could have only one leg. They might be enormously wealthy. They might have connections to the Italian Mafia for all I care.

What I care about in this instance is that:

* They love each other

* They want and are legally able to marry, to give their relationship a certain legal and social status.

As far as pretty much anything else is concerned - it doesn't matter. 


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