So last week I asked for a secular definition of marriage which actually helped us understand what the advocates of Gay Marriage are looking for. It was an honest question because I had in my back pocket this essay by Richard Waghorn, which is a weird twin cousin of this essay by the ineffable Sam Schulman.
But we did happen to come up with, I think, the best possible secular definition of marriage via twitter. It's found at TheFreeDictionary.com, and it goes like this:
Now fire up your imagination for a second. Imagine you are at dinner with some other person, and you've been thinking about this for a long time. As the waiter leaves with your order of eats for the evening, you clench up a little, and then screw your courage to the sticking place. You take a deep breath and you begin, "What I really want is to avoid incest, and embrace endogamy. I want some rights and duties regarding sexual intercourse and property, and to establish a nominal division of labor. I want a visible household economy. And you seem like exactly the right person to do that with, at least for now. Will you marry me?"
Is there anyone who would really say that, or really want that?
Consider that, and I'll register part 3 next week to tie this all together.