Originally Posted by BenL
This statement and U-dog's poetic definition of marriage shows marriage as the dynamic state it is. Marriage is essentially a formal relationship (contractual and/or covenental) between two people.
Marriage dies when it becomes static, existing in an unchanging state. To me, the phrase "institution of marriage" connotes such a state. The last thing I want to do is live in an institution. Love itself is a dynamic life force. It is ever-changing, just as the people who love and are loved.
Marriage is the cultural and legal manifestation of the relationship between two people. It is society's way of sanctioning and promoting that relationship. It is, as Daniel says, the vehicle that carries two people's love through the labyrinth of life, culture and law. That's why I think that equality will only come when we all have marriage. Do you think straight folks would settle for civil unions or domestic partnerships?
Of course not, however.... I do wish there was a way to level things out, I wish that for at least a little while, heterosexuals could feel the pain of not being aloud to marry. I believe that if we could do that, we would quickly end up with equal marriage rights.