On the actually topic at hand, I agree that in-game marriages offered by SE really don't serve much of a point. All the benefits (ring, dress, social event) can all happen without SE's involvement. That and they wouldn't have to hire GMs just for that service :P
And from my experiences it took months and months to get a time reserved for in-game weddings. The service wasn't all that great and if SE can't provide outstanding customer service in that department I think it would be less frustrating for them and for us to just make a vendor that sells the rings and outfits and let the players handle it.
Now onto a side point...
People offended with same *** marriages (whether in-game or not) are morons. They "hate" it because some stupid book told them to hate it, because this book magically came up with the idea and marriage can ONLY be between a man and a woman since the book said so.
Marriage existed thousands of years before religion smeared its disgusting fecal matter all over the word and tried to claim it as its own.
I assume this book you're talking about is the Bible. Yes, it is against homosexuality 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 says "Men who lie with men...will not inherit God's Kingdom." Be upset about it if you want, but the Bible also tells us a few other things. Like "So, then, each of us will render an account for himself
to God" (Romans 14:12). So if someone does something God dislikes, in the end it's between him and God, not the rest of us.
If you're upset at people rioting in the streets against *** marriage and using the Bible as their excuse, I understand, but the Bible says to "Continue to love your enemies" (Matthew 5:44) not to riot against them. So be upset at the people, not at the Bible. The Bible condemns things, yes, but it also condemns us taking vengeance and judgment into our own hands. That's God's turf.
Yay for my thread derails!