If you read Dan Savage, you know that nowadays there are many options for those among us who want unconventional relationships. Things were different in the old days. People who had a hard time conforming with norms often allowed themselves to behave in destructive ways to meet their desires. Read of the scandalous 1913 affair of the married lady who kept her 17 year old lover in the attic for 10 years.
Gays can now marry in Illinois! It is now clear that sooner, rather than later, all states are going to follow. The Daily Show has stunt actors play a flamboyant same-sex couple in Mississippi and Louisiana to determine which state will be the last in the nation to fall.
(This was my first post for this blog in February 2008. I am dusting it off in honor of the passage of the marriage equality legislation in Illinois.)
A fellow lawyer blogger has a blog post on a study that shows that brilliant scientist’s achievements waned after they got married:
Within five years of making their nuptial vows, nearly a quarter of married scientists had made their last significant contribution to history’s hall of fame. “Scientists rather quickly desist (from their careers) after their marriage, while unmarried scientists continue to make great scientific contributions later in their lives,” says Dr. Kanazawa.
I remember my first day of family law class. The Professor asked us for a definition of marriage. Eager to impress we all provided a nugget of wisdom. She wrote each nugget on the board. It went something like this: