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01/05/2010

by Jeremy Hooper
Time magazine's Kristi Oloffson: You suggest that allowing gay marriage could actually save the institution of marriage. What would some of the effects be that maybe people aren't considering now?

Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert: What I do think it would do is make marriage relevant again, in a way that it's seeming to not be as much anymore. A lot of heterosexual couples are reluctant to get married because there's a sense of, Why should I have access to this when my friends who have been together just as long as me don't? It starts to make marriage look like a country club. Almost the only way that marriage can continue to mean something in any sort of real way is if it gets more inclusive.

*Read more: Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert [Time]
(h/t: Michael Jones)

Amen! Wise words from someone who knows how to get America to turn a page.

**For more on Gilbert, the mega bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, and her new book, Commited, see the writer's official site.

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I love my straight friends and they love me, but ain't nobody reluctant to get married because gays can't--certainly not "a lot" of hetero couples. Straight people are getting married as much as they ever did. Oloffson's just making up a case to sound mushy and warmhearted like her book. I do, however,
completely agree that marriage should be more inclusive.

I could also see gay marriage benefiting straight marriage by example. I know straight friends who have been moved at gay weddings by seeing what their gay friends have gone through to get there--and how they want to bond even though there's no societal pressure to do so.

Posted by: dizzy spins | Jan 5, 2010 7:29:27 PM

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