So the government are going to spend the next 12 weeks discussing the ins and outs of whether a couple of besotted homosexuals should have the same marital 'rights' as a couple of besotted heterosexuals.
In the whole scheme of things, you wouldn't think it would make much difference if Adam married Ian or Eve married Andrea, but the guardians of our morals are declaring the end of the world as we know it and the coming of the apocolypse.
The eventual government decision will supposedly be secular, but it wil be based on the ancient religious tomes that set down the foundations of our society. One man, one woman and 2.4 children, depending on which particular scripture your society adopted over 2000 years ago. England was founded on Christianity, and the Bible and they tell us that the rules are carved in stone, given to Moses by God himself. I can't help but be sceptical. Moses was 175 when he died, and still begatting to the very end. And all without Viaga and the NHS. A bit of artistic licence may have been used.
In the 21st century, shouldn't there be a bit of leeway to shuffle things around a bit? Not all of us are in awe of that particular God - he lost my vote when he smited the party towns of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Of course all religions are exclusive, rather than inclusive, be it Islam, Judaism or Christianity. To belong, we should live our lives according to the scriptures that were written at a time when man lived in the desert and sacrificed livestock and their firstborn to the Almighty. If we cannot live by those rules, we are caste out. The 'smug marrieds' rule. They have reserved their place in heaven, they follow society's codes and conventions and pass judgment on those who do not, and that suits them nicely, as long as no-one lets the misfits in. It all seems a tad mean.
I don't care for marriage one way or the other, but I think the gay community should be allowed to experience that terrifying moment when they look at the ring on their finger, the official document in the kitchen drawer and hear the blood curdling scream of what the feck have I done, coming from their own mouths. Its only fair.