And Other Groundbreaking Revelations!

Gay Marriage Not Always A Picnic

It’s a big day to be gay!

Within a matter of hour, California will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses, thus making it the second state in the Union to allow queer nuptials. Massachusetts, of course, was the first, which means it’s a perfect time for the New York Times to take a closer look at the shocking reality of homo married life: it’s not all it’s cracked up to be!

Shocking, we know, but it’s a lesson we should all learn. Or, rather, should have learned…

While some couples bicker and fight, others are taking an “unconventional,” although not entirely surprising path toward healthy relations:

Eric Erbelding and his husband, Michael Peck, both 44, see each other only every other weekend because Mr. Peck works in Pittsburgh. So, Mr. Erbelding said, “Our rule is you can play around because, you know, you have to be practical.”

Mr. Erbelding, a decorative painter in Boston, said: “I think men view sex very differently than women. Men are pigs, they know that each other are pigs, so they can operate accordingly. It doesn’t mean anything.”

Still, Mr. Erbelding said, most married gay couples he knows are “for the most part monogamous, but for maybe a casual three-way.”

What will they think of next?!

While an intriguing look into trials and tribulations post-wedding living, the article doesn’t necessarily offer anything groundbreaking, but does include some interesting trivial tidbits:

Nearly two-thirds of the weddings have been lesbian marriages, including one between two women named Melissa McCarthy. And while nearly half of straight people marrying are under 30, more same-sex married couples of both sexes are older – nearly a third are in their 40s.

Lawyers say same-sex couples are more likely to draw up prenuptial agreements than straight couples are.

Ah, yes: that’s certainly a lesson we’ve all learned: nothing last forever, except your stuff.

Meanwhile, hats off to the NY Times for giving gay marriage such prominent placement in its venerable pages. Remember the magazine’s cover story on gay marrieds in Massachusetts: that massive group of under-30s who tie the knot, perhaps a bit prematurely?