Can This Marriage Be Saved? by Jonathan Rauch
In the United States and the rest of Western civilization, marriage has always been between a man and a woman. As [Inspector] Clouseau said: Not anymore.
As usual, a very well-reasoned argument at Reason, this time in favor of allowing gay marriage.
Today, a third of all American children are born out of wedlock, cohabitation is soaring, and nearly half of marriages end in divorce. Marriage's problem is not that gay couples want to get married but that straight couples don't want to get married or don't manage to stay married. At long last, gay marriage provides an opportunity to climb back up the slippery slope by reaffirming marriage's status as a norm -- not just as a right but as a rite, the gold standard for committed relationships. Gay marriage dramatically affirms that love, sex, and marriage go together -- that if you really care, you marry. No exclusions, no excuses.