Saturday, March 7, 2009

New Schedule 1 Word

It's been a while since I added a new Schedule 1 word, so you might not know what I mean. A Schedule 1 word is a word that has no positive or medicinal purposes; and should be banned. In this case, the word itself isn't negative or destructive. It just stands in the way of progress. The new Schedule 1 word is MARRIAGE. As most of you know, I'm not a very big fan of organized religion. That institution gave birth to the institution of MARRIAGE. I'm not opposed to two people committing themselves to each other. I'm opposed to calling that commitment a MARRIAGE. If you call it a MARRIAGE, it excludes anyone that is gay and puts Atheists or anyone with non-traditional religious beliefs in a very compromising position. They would have to lie about who and what they are in front of everyone they love, in order to receive any of the following:
Judicial protections and evidentiary immunity;
Domestic violence protection orders;
Bereavement or sick leave to care for a partner or child;
Inheritance automatically in the absence of a will;
Immigration and residency for partners from other countries;
Joint insurance policies for home, auto and health;
Dissolution and divorce protections such as community property and child support;
Joint foster care, custody, and visitation (including non-biological parents);
Status as next-of-kin for hospital visits and medical decisions where one partner is too ill to be competent;
Joint adoption;
Joint parenting;

The list goes on and on.

As long as MARRIAGE is the term used. 1/3 of the United States population will be used to conform and repress who they are. I suggest that we replace MARRIAGE, only for those who chose to, with the term Partnership or Life Union. I like Life Union. In a Life Union, any and I mean any two people who love each other enough to make the commitment, can have all the perks of "normal, God-fearing, human beings". For those who are traditionally religious people, the term and ceremony hasn't changed for them. People who opt for a Life Union, we would also have the right to create our own ceremony and vows and celebrations of our love and commitment. I don't want to tear down anything that's sacred. I just wanna include everyone that can love; to love, and be proud of who and what they are at the same time. The benefits of a lifetime with the person you love shouldn't be conditional. It should be optional. I'm sure that this plan has loopholes and probably gets under a lot of you guys skin, but like I always say, this is just my opinion, and who the hell am I?

4 comments:

Crystal said...

I am in agreement with you when it comes to the idea of marriage, and the lack of rights people who cannot legally "marry" have to endure just to share their life with the person they love.
The idea of marriage itself is questionable in my book. I know it makes sense when it comes to financial and legal matters. However, those same legal benefits become negatives when you are going through a divorce. It becomes a long, drawn out process.
I now firmly believe in commitment without marriage. I think the idea of sharing your life with a person day by day because you choose to on a daily basis is more meaningful. How many people stay married because they fear the social stigma or the painful process of divorce? These are the people who cheat on their spouse, who lead an unhappy existance, who allow their misery to overflow into all aspects of their lives. All because of a piece of paper they signed at the courthouse 5, 10, 20 years ago.
Love and monogamy are beautiful things. I think it is possible to faithfully love someone for the rest of your life without getting married. The devoutly religious people would look down upon my opinion. But I think everyone should do whats right for themselves and their hearts.
Here's looking forward to a world where everyone can love whoever they want, however they want.

Anonymous said...

...personally i find people that do not believe in the "institution" of marriage actually have just not been "lucky in love" and are bitter, or its the monogamy part that they have the problem with. They sexually don't want to commit to one person, and instead of being true to who they are and being a grown ass person and admitting that, they mask it with some made up philosophical bull crap about the "institution" of marriage and how unfair it is, blah blah blah. I think that people should just admit who they are, if they like sex and lots of it, with a variety of partners, just say so and quit being immature about, and making shit up to look more intelectual than sexual. To quote to quote Chuck Berry.....LIVE LIKE YOU WANNA LIVE!!!!!!! JUST BE SAFE ABOUT AND WEAR A CONDOM! THEY ARE CHEAPER THAN BABIES AND PERSCRIPTIONS!

stella said...

Here's my thoughts on the subject:
Its very simple. Lyfe is all about choices. It's about levels and progression.
When you find your soulmate, the one that completes you; nothing else matters. Who cares what the world thinks or what the world is deprived of; you have your mate to love - honor - respect and adore.

Marriage is honorable and it is a lyfe tyme of hardwork and shared sweat. When you have the person that completes you; take the next step and believe your heart. There's levels, even with marriage. You still have to progress, you still are learning and moving from one level to the next level.

A man will find his wife and when he does, he knows in his heart he has found the special one that completes him.

Two people have to be compatible and open to choices and changes. How, I'm so glad you asked:
H-onesty
O-penness
W-illingness

There were three (3) different avenues that I was headed with this topic.
1. Marriage and God
2. Marriage and You
3. Marriage and Society
But, I thought I would keep it simple.

Just my opinion!

Anonymous said...

I suppose I will chime in with my thoughts on the topic. First of all I am not convinced it should be a Schedule 1 word because many people find marriage to be positive and have made substantial progress within the vows of matrimony(albeit the statistics are becoming less and less credible in society). Therefore, the fault of many should not be the burden of the few.
However, I am also not a fan of organized religion. I am spiritual. I personally am fond of the idea of creating your own vows and committments to celebrate your love and life together. It's intellectual, sexual, romantic, sensual,and spiritual. It's an ever binding bond between two people ready to give their most precious self to one another, completely. The government should recognize and honor this committment.
Love should never be conditional. I learned that many years ago from my grandmother, she was a wise woman. She gave love beyond measure!
I find it amazing that people are more inclined to go out of their way to hate rather than to love. They are inclined to disregard ideas of love and label them as "philosophical bull crap" rather than embrace the concept that everyone is different and yet we truly all long for the same thing: To be Loved and To give Love in return.
When you have had more life experiences, you will realize that the worst issues do not simply involve being unfaithful. Relationships are based on so much more than mere sex.
Should you ever be fortunate enough to find that special someone,share dreams and ideas,connect spiritually from the heart,love unconditionally, because LOVE is well worth it....

 
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