OP-ED: Gay advocates have saved the institution of marriage
When it comes to marriage, I'm no romantic. (Just ask my husband.) My generation of women doesn't have to be married. Our mothers fought for this choice. In the 19th century, doctors would prescribe different (think more painful and degrading) treatment for unmarried women with the same illnesses as their married counterparts. The laws were different for single women; their standing in the community was lower, their prospects fewer. Basically, you were either married, living with your parents or considered a prostitute. The fight for gender equality now means daughters of the Baby Boomers have the option of being single (if they want) and having the same social/legal/moral standing as one who marries. Any plea for "traditional marriage" glazes over the plural marriages in the Bible and idealizes the McCall's magazine advertisements of the 1950s. In the real 1950s you could not, in the eyes of the law, rape your wife. Women were akin to children, only there were laws protecting children from abuse by the man of the house.