Kim Kardashian’s so-called Fairytale Wedding cost $10 million according to theweek.com.

Then, 72 days later, it was all over. Celebrity weddings are notorious for being short-lived, but that is no excuse for taking marriage as such a light matter. Marriage is a sacred union, not a “just for the heck of it” excursion or a means to gain publicity. Nobody knows for sure, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the recent Kardashian chaos was a plan to garner another 15 minutes of fame.

People like Kim K. are tarnishing the beauty that is an honest marriage founded from love. It’s time that marriage is handled with dignity and respect. I am fed up with the part of our culture that finds it acceptable to marry for money, make a mockery out of marriage and cheat on your partner. Just last night, my roommate was browsing the inter-webs when she encountered an advertisement for a matchmaking website of sorts, only for affairs. Unfortunately, you read that correctly. A website for affairs. The advertisement states, ”Life is Short. Have an Affair.”

“I beg your pardon?” was my first reaction. I looked at the advertisement hoping it was not real. I learned that this company apparently runs commercials on television, too. After hearing this, I am fairly positive that it wasn’t just a sick joke. I am angry, disgusted and disappointed in the senseless, ill-advised morons who created this website and any poor soul who registers for it.

The simple fact that this service exists is one reason why our culture is losing magnitudes of respect. Advocating affairs today, selling STDs tomorrow? Yes, that is my imagination at work, but really, what next? Nothing about this business promoting affairs is tolerable, yet it is plastered all over the internet. Responsible, intelligent, loyal adults know that this is wrong. What about kids, though? If they grow up seeing these types of advertisements online or on television, will it affect how they view marriage and affairs as they age? Hopefully their parents will instill in them positive, admirable morals and this won’t cause any skewed ideas or sickening behaviors.

Why am I rambling about this, you ask? I think that it is a disgrace to what I believe in. I believe in love. I believe that two people who are in love should be able to have a gorgeous wedding and an adoring, committed marriage if that is what they desire.

At a presentation on campus last year, two men spoke about how their feelings surrounding gay marriage. I should add that the duo has been together for more than two decades. They are in a loving, loyal relationship. They then stated something shocking. They don’t necessarily want to get married. They love each other, and with people like Miss Kardashian muddying up the image of marriage, they are in no hurry to get hitched. What matters to them, is equal rights. The married label gives people certain rights that are truly basic human rights, but are not available to people in same-sex couples.

I hope that one day very soon, people will realize that love is love. It is not about gender, skin color, or politics.

In “Nature Boy,” written by eden ahbez and famously performed by Nat King Cole, it is affirmed that love is indeed the most important, precious, and necessary sentiment in life.

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

Take a listen to the entire song!

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