Wow. So now we go from destroying marriage to being a model to emulate?
From the Atlantic article: "What if same-sex marriage does change marriage, but primarily for the better? For one thing, there is reason to think that, rather than making marriage more fragile, the boom of publicity around same-sex weddings could awaken among heterosexuals a new interest in the institution, at least for a time. But the larger change might be this: by providing a new model of how two people can live together equitably, same-sex marriage could help haul matrimony more fully into the 21st century"
I don't think it's that simple, but it's nice to have someone say that instead of destroying marriage, marriage equality might strengthen marriage.
Kinda gives you a little bit of whiplash, doesn't it...
It does for me. Is this a parallel universe?
Oh, MAN! In a word (if it's a word):
Rather than speak of strength of marriage, as if we all agree on what "marriage" means, I prefer to speak of reinventing an institution which has been stuck in the early 1950s for a while.
With the legitimization of gay marriage, we are in the process of that redefinition, even as we speak, certainly from a civil point of view. Whether churches want to participate in the recognition of that change of marital paradigm or not is up to them, but from the point of view of RIGHTS and who are granted those rights, that change is coming thick and fast, and at this point, I don't see it being stopped..
Now ... whether someone wants to tackle polyandries, polygynies, and other forms of plural marriage or not should for the moment be a conversation for another day. Certainly there are those out there who are interested in such unions, and I wouldn't presume to stand in their way. For now, though, I would prefer to focus on THIS particular battle and see it through to its end before picking another fight.
I agree. The Supreme court will have a say in how fast.