Last week, the Supreme Court established that same-sex marriage is now legal all across the U.S. of A.

As soon as I heard the news, I knew exactly which of my social media friends would shout “YES! About time! Progress!” and which would post right-wing rants against it (I grew up in small Midwestern towns, which explains much of the latter). It’s rather polarizing.

A couple of years ago, Rachel Maddow was on Real Time with Bill Maher. In case you live under a rock, Rachel is gay. Bill asked what her stance is on the issue. She replied, “Well, I’m against marriage.” I totally agree.

As Doug Stanhope pondered, “if marriage didn’t exist, would you invent it?” Think about it – you fall in love, you want to buy a house and live together, you want to have children. Would you say to yourself, “let’s get the government involved; we’ll pay a fee and sign a legally-binding contact, and if we decide to part ways down the road, it’ll cost us a shitload to get out of that contract”? My guess is you wouldn’t come up with that asinine idea.

The only advantages I can see to marriage are minor tax breaks, perhaps getting on your spouse’s better health insurance plan and, if you’re going to have children, they can grow up saying “mommy and daddy (or daddy and daddy or mommy and mommy) are married.” That doesn’t seem like much incentive.

Supposedly there are passages in The Bible that state marriage should be between a man and a woman. I haven’t read The Bible in many years – I find it rather preachy – but I’m pretty sure those passages were written by heterosexual men with some sort of 2,000-year-old agenda.

I’m always happy when a minority gets the same rights as the majority. So I’m all for the right, but really question the end objective.

In conclusion, congrats to the gay community. You’ve worked long and hard for this. But seriously think about marriage before you jump into it. It’s an antiquated concept that, in this day and age, really only benefits wedding planners, reception DJs, and divorce attorneys. I was married for 11 years and honestly would never consider it again. If you really love each other and want to spend your lives together, you don’t need a piece of paper.