Opinion

Marriage not something to be trifled with

The institution of marriage, not to mention fate, is not to be trifled with.
The institution of marriage, not to mention fate, is not to be trifled with. Christopher Chan

OPINION: Marriage is not to be entered into lightly.

I'm three weeks away from my own nuptial appointment, so of course I'm thinking about the significance of the commitment I'm making.

It is through this prism that I have been considering the wedding of two heterosexual men in New Zealand.

The men agreed to marry each other as part of a radio competition held by The Edge FM to win tickets to the Rugby World Cup.

The fact that they are able to marry is thanks to the country's liberal marriage laws, which were meant to benefit gay couples, not those who want to exchange vows just for a laugh.

It's no surprise that the gay community, who have fought hard for equal rights to be able to marry the person they love, have condemned this union.

A part of me thinks it's wrong to take it too seriously; it is intended as a bit of a joke, as a ploy to see how far two rugby fans will go to get tickets.

But the larger part of me that is anticipating my own vows thinks it is wrong to degrade the institution of marriage in this way.

I also think it's wrong to portray the idea of two men in love as something worth having a laugh at.

The irony of this situation is that it is not the first time the same radio station has attempted to be light-hearted about marriage.

In 1999, 2003 and 2007, complete strangers married each other in order to win a competition.

All three couples are still together and have children.

Let this be a lesson to those men who flippantly decided to enter this state: the institution of marriage, not to mention fate, is not to be trifled with.

Topics:  marriage, opinion, weddings




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