February 12, 2009 12:01 AM
Perhaps the most bizarre argument (to my mind, at least) against gay marriage is that it somehow (radioactive emissions, brain waves, weird voodoo) erodes the sanctity of marriage (whatever that is). How, exactly does this work, anyway. I've been married to the same woman for more than 30 years, and despite being in regular contact with a number of gay and lesbian friends who are in stable, committed long-term relationships, my marriage seems to be okay. I guess my inability to obsess about what my friends (gay and straight) do in the privacy of their own bedrooms somehow gives me immunity from the corrosive effects of gay marriage on my connubial situation. I do know what does erode far too many marriages, and it's not the gay couple down the street. It's the tried-and-true standbys: addiction to gambling, drugs and alcohol, money woes, physical and emotional abuse and good old-fashioned cheating.