As a publicity stunt, a radio station in New Zealand held a contest for an all-expenses paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England with contestants restricted to heterosexual same-sex couples who agreed to be married publicly in order to win the prize.
The “happy couple” were two hetero guys who had known each other since they were 6 years old and have been friends ever since—a real bromance!
The only shadow over the happy couple’s special day was caused by GLBT activists who were outraged by this stunt, saying it was an “insult” and “trivializes what we fought for”.
But through the centuries, marriage hasn’t just been about “being with who you love”. In an era when women routinely died in childbirth, men married in order to get caretakers for their kids—and for themselves. After wars when the male population was decimated, women often married for someone to support them and their children. Marriage has been used to avoid deportation, to obtain power and wealth and many reasons other than for love.
So the gay activists need to chill. While some of us may think getting married in order to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup is a trivial thing, for others it’s all about love.
And as the activists like to remind us—who are we to judge what love is?