Thinking outside "the box" on gay marriage

News & Politics

Driftglass has stuck up another one of his righteous screeds, the kind of blogging for which I live, that combines a heavy dose of sarcasm with an infusion of much-needed logic on the gay marriage issue, and wraps it up in one of my favorite science references, Schrodinger's Cat. It's a long post, and well worth your time to settle in with a plan to relax with a cuppa or a smoke or whatever your poison. Here's a snippet:

So let us imagine there’s a box in, oh, say, Massachusetts or Oregon or Iowa.
A big box, and in that box are the following items: 1. A Bible. 2. A preacher. 3. A gay couple. 4. A straight friend. 5. Enough consumables and comforts to last a lifetime.
Sort of a Biosphere II, but with vastly better feng shui.
And you’re living la vida no-neck in some high-toned, melanin-poor gated exurb, or in some scruffier digs where the "gate" is a gaunt, three-legged pit-bull named Bobby Lee tied the rusted hulk of an El Camino up on ancient blocks.
Now at some point over the course of years, the gay couple may ask the preacher to pick up the bible and, with their straight friend standing witness, get hitched.
Or they may not.
In fact, they exist only in a cloud of quantum connubial possibilities until you bust the box open and demand to know just what in the fuck they're doing in there. And how can they have amassed such a formidable stockpile of really spiffy antiques without ever having left the box!
It is only when you kick the door down and intrude on their private business that the haze of potential outcomes collapses into a single, nuptial certainty.
So the question is, when exactly -- over the course of, say, forty years of leaving the box intact and letting them be -- did their status inside the box destroy your marriage outside the box?
Go read the whole thing. As for me, I'm writing about love, and have opened up the floor with the question: "If you had the opportunity to speak on the floor of the Senate about the Federal Marriage Amendment, what would you say?" Some of the comments are funny, some are angry, and some will break your heart.


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