Some predict that marriage will soon be a thing of the past, and people will no longer see the need to legally bind themselves together. I find this unlikely. Most people don't marry because they fundamentally believe in the institution of marriage itself, they marry because it's the most socially acceptable way to 'keep someone'.
I have worked in the bridal industry for fifteen years, so as you can imagine, I have seen a lot of beautiful weddings. I can't tell you the amount of times I have looked at photographs of a stunningly dressed bride and groom, and then looked at the guests standing next to them, and thought, 'what are they wearing?'
In the past couple of years I have been to Berlin twice for hen do's, Amsterdam once, and stayed in London a couple of times. It's got to the point where my friends joke that I must be "attending another hen" if I can't make something. So, for my readers (hi mum), I figured I would do my hen planning advice.
Are people starting to plan their gestures around what will appeal most to the rest of the world instead of the person they're supposed to be in love with? Are people expecting big flashmobs and media interviews only to be disappointed with a meal at a local restaurant and a typical down-on-one-knee gesture?
The term 'conscious uncoupling', coined by Dr Habib Sadeghi and Dr Sherry Sami, revolves around society's idea that marriage is forever. They suggest that humans have failed to adapt to the fact that nowadays we live longer. One needs to look inside oneself and identify emotional scars from their past.
A Judge has recently ruled in the case of Tracey Wright that she should go out and get herself a job rather than rely on her ex-husband to provide maintenance for her to live on. This has caused huge ripples as there is now expected to be a huge rush to the courts to renegotiate divorce settlements.
Whilst this form of inequality is unlikely to be as damaging given the general lack of oppression experienced because of heterosexuality, it is still one that should be remedied, not least to remove the erroneous claims made from some quarters that gay, lesbian and bisexual people have special privileges.