The predominently Roman Catholic SCOTUS refused to block same-sex marriage in Washington, DC, and today couples started to apply for marriages licenses.
I had a particular context for this news, having gone to see The Pride in Manhattan on Friday. It contrasts the romantic lives of gay men in London in the 1950’s with that in the 1990’s. My companion, a young gay man, remarked that the gay culture of the last ten years seems quite different, in part because of the foregrounding of the issue of marriage.
His idea, I think, is that it isn’t just the dominant topic of discourse that has changed, but also the way in which one can now see becoming a more permanent partnership as a more likely outcome for a relationship.
We’ve heard a lot of opinions on this blog about the merits and demerits of marriage whatever one’s sexual orientation is. We’d welcome comments on that topic and this new development. And, of course, whatever else you think should be said.
Finally, if anyone wants to comment on the play, please do. The review I’ve linked to is problematic. It left me wondering whether the reviewer had ever experienced the sense that one is an outsider in one’s own society.