The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament last week. Scotland’s Health Secretary, Alex Neill, stated “marriage is about love not gender”. Ah! So sweet. When politicians get all gooey you have to worry about their competence to consider the serious implications of their actions and to understand the long-term consequences for society. Marriage legislation in England, Scotland or anywhere else in the world is all about legality and contractuality. If you have the time and inclination to trawl through Laws and Statutes you will struggle to find any reference to love.
More a tale of natural history. I live overlooking a lake. Not a great lake but neither is it a pool or a pond. It was recently redesignated a lagoon and has two small islands in the middle, which seem to be the safest place for the coots to nest. It is known as Duck Lake because of the mallards who are unashamed scroungers. They have been spoilt by the little humans who go to feed the ducks. At the sight of any human, they expect to be fed and make a beeline towards them. Next in the pecking order are the geese that are very wary of humans and very protective of their goslings. The swans are at the apex, even though they are but a couple. With their regal manner they go swanning about and all the other water fowl give way. Every bird knows its place and they co-exist peacefully.