The word ‘marriage’ used to mean something specific. No longer. Now it’s simply a term which describes everything from the union of a man and a woman to a union with yourself… And before long, with your car or your dog or your 10 year old. And no one will be able to raise an objection because when marriage means anything you want it to, it means nothing at all (which, by the way, is exactly how most people view marriage- as nothing at all). But, take note, there is no ‘slippery slope’…. (ha).
When 38-year-old Sophie Tanner celebrated her second wedding anniversary on Tuesday, there were none of the usual trappings – no flowers or romantic meal for two; no hastily purchased card sealed with a kiss.
It’s not that her other half is remiss, but that on 16 May 2015, when the PR consultant took her vows on the steps of Brighton’s Unitarian Church, the person she swore to cherish for eternity was, well, herself.
“I literally had the idea when I was lying in bed recovering from flu and a bad relationship,” she remembers. “Everyone celebrates getting together with someone and becoming married, but there’s no milestone in society that celebrates escaping something awful or returning to your own happiness and contentment.”
Unitarian… that’s not surprising.