But then after we got married and everyone kept asking us 'do you feel any different?' I started thinking about what was truly, legally different in our lives.
Assuming a new 'married' identity what would legally change for me? In Malta? In Canada? What if I was to find myself in Saudi Arabia, Denmark, China? Why was it my husband would get more rights than me in some countries? Why was it I enjoyed new rights that non-married people couldn't? What made me more special than them?
Malta has recently enacted co-habitation laws that allow people living together - including brothers and sisters, which I had never considered before - some of the legal rights I mentioned above. It was hailed as a big step forward in giving more rights to people who co-habited in relationships that weren't necessarily romantic. For Malta, on paper, it sounds surprisingly forward thinking. (In reality, it is seriously flawed, but that's another story.)
In a perfect world we would all enjoy the same rights. I think it's unfair that I get more rights than non-married people now. But how could that system change? Eliminate special rights for married people? Give the same rights to non-married people?
What would a legally equal world look like? Where would we draw the lines?
Think about it. Then comment below.