Critics argue that straight civil partnerships would undermine the value of marriage in our society. But I find this difficult to believe. Marriage is clearly the more popular choice, for both straight and gay couples. The majority of gay couples marrying in this country since it became legal converted from civil partnerships. But the key word here is choice - everyone, be they gay, straight or bisexual, should have the same freedom to choose.
I would rather have a well-meaning nation with liberal principles that sometimes go awry than those nations with no well-meaning intentions in the first place. One thing is for sure, freedom is good for LGBT people and being under the cultural influence of the US is better than the alternatives for all of our freedoms.
You know all those same-sex marriage advocates who keep saying that marriage equality is not going to have any impact on "traditional" marriage? The message is always the same: our quest for marriage doesn't have anything to do with your marriages, and it won't change a thing for you. They're wrong.
The social depth of her performance can't go unnoticed as she makes multiple references to marriage equality and the need to tackle hate crimes against the LGBT community. A happily married lesbian mother herself, Carlile makes good use of her stage voice to raise awareness for these issues, creating an intimate climate of acceptance for her LGBT fans.
I'm tired of students and young people as a collective being constantly ignored or patronised by the state... people forget that if you constantly damage the spirit of a generation and illegitimatise our opinions, it will demolish the hope and drive of those who not only have the potential to make huge positive impact in the UK, but worldwide.
Every day heterosexual couples get married for reasons other than this societal concept of love. They marry because she's having a baby, or his parents are nice and rich, or simply because it's the done thing! ... If you truly believe in equal rights, same-sex couples should be allowed to be married and miserable too.
After fighting hard, being the trailblazer for Christian organisations rights to hire and fire on faith basis and opposing USAID's attempt - just two years ago - to "strongly encourage" faith-based contractors to stop discriminating against LGBT people in order to receive federal funding, one wonders what went wrong in the World Vision board room.