We’ve been reading about it, seeing the pictures, admiring the innovative dress, and talking about them gallivanting in Gozo, for weeks now. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the ‘royal’ couple of the big screen, FINALLY got married.
After dating for almost nine years, having three biological children, and adopting three more, the two stars have, in the end, tied the knot. Fans are madly happy, the media is having a spree, and co-stars everywhere are chattering about it too. But is all the world really happy with this famous union?
The answer is NO.
According to TIME magazine, Brangelina’s wedding was ‘A Slap in the Face’ (time.com/brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-gay-marriage) for gay Americans who could not legally get married themselves. The pro-gay rights couple had previously stated publicly and on more than one occasion that they would not get married before all people who wanted to do so had the right to get married legally in all the fifty American states. Gay marriage is currently legal in only nineteen states in the US, therefore, according to TIME, Brad and Angelina broke their word.
When the news got out that Pitt and Jolie had got married in France, and when asked ‘why now?’, the couple said that they had been pressured into doing so by their children and that since they realised how important this was for their kids, they couldn’t hold it off any longer. The article mentioned previously acknowledging this fact, but retorts that they should have taught their children about ‘standing up for what you believe in, even when it’s tough and unpopular.’
Personally, I believe that anyone should be free to legally marry whoever he or she chooses, whenever they want. That includes not only gay people, but also Brad and Angelina. People change and so do priorities and although it is a fact that the couple had promised to wait in solidarity with those couples who could not marry, one should also be objective. Unfortunately, legal homosexual matrimonial acceptance for all fifty American states could be a long way off, and it would not be fair to coerce someone else to wait, say, another twenty years to get married, if they don’t have to.
It is a great thing to support freedom and civil rights, yet should one truly limit one’s self in order to do so? Wouldn’t that be like trampling those self-same civil rights at the same time too?