Yesterday I saw a tweet that France (finally) legalized gay marriage. My first response (after retweeting, dooh) was: "Cool, that means more people will get divorced." This should by no means be misunderstood as me not supporting gay rights or being against gay marriage - I'm against marriage in general. Or at least I was until... Well, until yesterday. Now I think EVERYBODY should get married. Everybody but me.
Although I'm not a fan of marriage, I'd never make the effort and take the time to protest against it publicly. The decision other people make to tie the knot does not concern me in any way, it does not influence my life in any way and is none of my business in any way. That's why I don't get why anybody would protest against gay marriage. How does that concern you? Legalizing gay marriage doesn't mean that after two gays or lesbians got married, they'd move in with you. No. It would have ZERO effect on your life, you wouldn't even know it happened. So why do you care? You hear people saying: "It's wrong because it's undermining the sanctity of marriage." How? Your wife giving a blow job to her coworker or your husband sticking his penis into your best friend's vagina that's undermining the sanctity of marriage. "But it's desecrating God's name." Are you a complete dumbass? What kind of an argument is that? Don't you think God, as you see him, can take care of himself and smite whoever he thinks needs smiting? Who made you the all mighty protector of God's frigging name? Besides, I've never seen any ® next to his name, it's not trademarked, it doesn't need protection. For Peet's sake, go fuck yourself with your shortsighted useless appendage you call your mind. If anything, I'd go protest against people who protest against gay marriage, I'd devote my time to that cause, no doubt. BUT...
Yesterday, after seeing that tweet, I started thinking: "Why would it be a good thing to get married? Half of the marriages end with a divorce anyway." So I did a little research: Yes, in Slovenia (where I'm from) half the people who get married get divorced (after 12 years on average) and the percentage is even higher for other countries. Getting married in Slovenia, I'm talking about a civil marriage, is mostly free, although in some municipalities you have to pay about €30 for a marriage license, whereas in the USA you have to pay about €25 and in the UK the fee is about €35. Lovely, right? Our governments support marriages and are happy for the newlyweds so them not charging or charging close to nothing is somewhat of a wedding gift, right? Guess again. Imagine a dentist giving you candy for free and then charging you a small fortune to fix your teeth. To get divorced in Slovenia, you have to pay anywhere from €300 to €1.000 - this is solely for the paperwork and court fees, monetary damages caused by your loving spouse, whom you promised to stay together with till death do you part 12 years ago, aren't included. The cost of a divorce in the USA is about €600 and the cost in the UK is: about €270 for the court fee, €50 for the decree absolute and anywhere from €550 to €1.400 for your lawyer's fee. Are you married? There's a 50 % chance you better start saving.
Since getting a divorce seems to be a means for people to contribute to the economy, my question is: Why aren't governments more open to gay marriages? If they were smart, they'd let dogs and hamsters and gardenias get married so there'd be more court fees to collect later on. You want to end the financial crisis? Legalize marijuana, prostitution, gay marriage, legalize everything and anything you think is wrong for other people to do to themselves, which has no effect on the quality of your life. And then tax it. Done.
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