Yes: fine. We will beat you to death with this topic.
Except -- get this -- I couldn't find one. I can't find any examples of people from the secular side of the map making the case for marriage in a way that, frankly, didn't seem like a parody.
So here's the deal: in the comments today, I am taking suggestions -- and only suggestions -- for the best in class for essays by secular writers which make the case of secular marriage. Post your link like this:
<a href="http://url.com">Essay or Book Title Here</a> by Author Name.Type that in the comments with your link suggestion, and it will become a live link. All negative comments will be deleted. All caterwauling will be deleted. All spam, of course, will be deleted. TUAD's comments will be deleted preemptively because I just don't have that kind of patience this week. Mind your manners.
If we can find any secular cases for marriage, we'll talk about that. If we can't, we'll talk about that. This week: ball's in your court.