I met up with Alex and Lisa yesterday, and Alex asked me the best question:

What does the institution of marriage even mean?

Which is the best question, and something no-one has ever asked me. It’s a question that everyone should be asking this year, a year where every Australian from the federal parliament down is talking about marriage and redefining marriage.

Marriage according to the law in Australia is:

the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life

Marriage according to conservative political policies is:

the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognised by law

Yet so much conservative conversation is about marriage being the shell for a family, for child bearing.

I say that marriage is:

two people joining a union for life, two people that have humbly and boldly decided to tackle life together instead of tackling life alone

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