Saturday, June 03, 2006

Monogamy Optional

Andrew Sullivan gives us one more reason to oppose gay marriage. He writes:

"Dan [Savage] and I agreed that moderate hypocrisy - especially in marriages - is often the best policy. Momogamy [sic] is very hard for men, straight or gay, and if one partner falters occasionally (and I don't mean regularly), sometimes discretion is perfectly acceptable. You could see [Erica] Jong bridle at the thought of such dishonesty. But I think the post-seventies generation - those of us who grew up while our parents were having a sexual revolution - both appreciate the gains for sexual and emotional freedom, while being a little more aware of their potential hazards. An acceptance of mild hypocrisy as essential social and marital glue is not a revolutionary statement. It's a post-revolutionary one. As is, I'd say, my generation as a whole."

This is not the first time Sullivan has hinted of his dislike for monogamy. Take for example his writing that gay men have a "greater understanding of the need for extramarital outlets." That is, he says, one of the many reasons why gay marriage would strengthen traditional marriage.

H/T to Althouse (with lots of debate in the comments).

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