What is a family? According to ABC Kids, it’s whatever you dream it to be. Because after all, “Love is Love,” or so says a new children’s musical track played on the kids’ station.
The song, titled “Family (Love is Love), is performed by the Teeny Tiny Stevies, and is designed to teach kids that families are different – some children have two mothers and a father that visits once a week, but that’s fine, because “love is love.”
But what does that actually mean? The phrase “love is love” became popular in Australia during the same-sex marriage survey, but so few paused long enough to actually think about what that means.
If “love is love” is a sufficient enough reason to redefine marriage for same-sex couples, then it’s also a sufficient enough reason to redefine marriage for throuples. If “love” is the qualifier, and if we dare not impose our definition of love on others, then how can we prevent anyone from calling anything “marriage” and demanding equal recognition?
Should we allow siblings to marry, provided they love each other? After all, love is love. What about the man from South Korea who married a pillow? Should we recognise this as a true marriage, or do we deny him that “human right” to marry whoever (or whatever) he truly loves? What about the “self-love” movement, which has led to numerous women marrying themselves?
If “love” is the criteria for marriage, where does it end? Where do we draw the line? The ultimate end is obvious: the abolition of marriage. The institution will be redefined beyond all meaning, because something that means everything, can actually means nothing.