I'm looking for people willing to join a new protest movement. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pit gave me the idea when they told the media that they would abstain from marriage until gay and lesbian couples could legally get married.
Over the past year I have been forming an idea in my head for a protest movement based on their decision. That is... people who join the "marriage for all... or marriage for none" movement would be deciding to refuse to get into a heterosexual marriage, until homosexual marriage would become legal in their state/ province or [if they were feeling more extreme] their entire country.
As the person who wishes to start this movement I have obviously already made the necessary committment. Now...
I would like to hear your guys opinions and feedback... and ESPECIALLY if you want to join. [If you wish to join the movement... definitely say so in your comment posts. ^_^]
The 'institution of marriage' is meaningless in our modern society. It was created in an age where women went from being the property of their fathers to being the property of their husbands. The property exchange was 'declared before god', meaning in public for all to see, so that the new husband could not be accused of raping the woman who was being handed over.
Over time, as women were viewed less as property although still as the weaker sex, the tradition of marriage continued largely to protect women and children. It became a legal document to prove that a man was responsible for the wellbeing of his wife and offspring - since a single mother would have had a hell of a time making it in the world.
Single mothers may still have a hell of a time in our society, but we have birth certificates and dna testing to ensure that men can be held to account for the children they father. Women are no longer forced to marry, and really don't need the 'protections' offered by marriage. Marriage itself is no longer a permanent arrangement, and so they very idea of 'until death' vows is just ridiculous. The very idea of marriage is completely anachronistic, kept alive from a time when women had no rights, and no longer has any relevant meaning in a modern society.