Marriage has come up as a hot topic of late, especially if you are part of the minority who is not allowed to marry the one they Love: Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender. It has really created a platform for discussion as to why Marriage is so important as not long ago it seemed to be becoming pass’e as a lot of marriages ended in separations and divorces.
So what does Marriage give to us that a Partnership does not? Why does there appear to be this craving for the ceremony of the union recognized by the community and the state?
Marriage is a commitment to the Love you share, to nurturing and supporting that Love through time. It is a Sacred commitment that goes beyond the community and state and fills the Spirit of each person with a knowing that this other person will be there to support them through the good and the bad to the best of their ability. This is truly magical. The ceremony I believe is Sacred no matter where it is performed and the contractual nature of the marriage cements the energy in place.
To undermine the Power of Marriage shows that people do not always understand the essence of what Marriage is about. Marriage does not mean there is guaranteed longevity in the relationship or that it is healthy to stay in the relationship just because you are married. But being willing to marry another person shows that your Heart is open and willing to unite with that person in openness, Love and support them and you as you learn and grow through your life. This does not change based on your sexual orientation, so it is surprising that Australia has been so reluctant to allow all marriages between consenting adults.
I am very blessed to have married a wonderful man with whom I have moved through the difficult times, grown through the multitude of experiences and have been supported by and Loved through it all. That even through the stormiest of days, weeks, months that this marriage of ours was growing and maturing into one of gentleness, kindness and hopefully even more good times. There is a great delight in having shared so many experiences with one person and knowing that even though you are so different you compliment, stretch and challenge each other in ways that fulfill much of your purpose in Life…to Love.