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Op-Ed Columnist – The Marriage Ideal – NYTimes.com

Lifelong heterosexual monogamy…

is not how many cultures approach marriage. It’s a particularly Western understanding…  

Or at least, it was the Western understanding. Lately, it has come to co-exist with a less idealistic, more accommodating approach, defined by no-fault divorce, frequent out-of-wedlock births, and serial monogamy…

Gay-marriage critics who fret about a slippery slope to polygamy miss the point. Americans already have a kind of postmodern polygamy available to them. It’s just spread over the course of a lifetime, rather than concentrated in a “Big Love”-style menage…

The lifelong commitment of a gay couple is more impressive than the serial monogamy of straights. And a culture in which weddings are optional celebrations of romantic love, only tangentially connected to procreation, has no business discriminating against the love of homosexuals.

via Op-Ed Columnist – The Marriage Ideal – NYTimes.com.

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