There’s an article on MSNBC that quotes a new survey about marriage. According to the article, 4 in 10 people believe that marriage is becoming obsolete. By my calculations, that works out to 40% of the people out there.
Ironic, isn’t it?
At a time when gay people are screaming for our rights to be married, 40% of straight people aren’t feeling the need to get married. All of those anti-gay marriage groups keep proclaiming that you have to stop gay marriage in order to protect marriage. I think they need to change their tune and their focus.
Instead of picking on the people who want to marry, they should start taking a good look at those people who don’t want or don’t feel the need to get married. Maybe, they should hold Pro-marriage rallies for straight people and let them know the advantages of marriage.
And, there are plenty of advantages to be married, including inheritance rights, health care decision making and tax advantages. Married couples – when the marriage works – offer a stable environment for their families and friends. Saving money on your taxes is a good thing, as well, so why wouldn’t straight people want to get married?
It makes no sense at all.
What does make sense is that the decline of the idea of marriage as an institution to which one would want to strive cannot be blamed on us gay people.
To straights every where: Start working to save your marriages!