Here in Mobile, we have a snippy little joke about the “MGM Club”—”Married Gay Men.” There does seem to be a disproportionately large number of these marriages in my town. (I’d call them “mariages des convenances,” except I believe that term implies the wife’s knowledge of and cooperation with the arrangement; here, it seems like everybody except the wife knows, at least until the divorce.)
I’ve heard various explanations for this phenomenon, most having to do with inherited money and/or social position. So, I guess to answer the question posed by this Prop 8 protester, why the heck not? My daughter would be wealthy, established in society, and if the stereotype holds true, married to a congenial fellow who has terrific taste in home decor and always picks up his dirty socks.
But no. Since my daughter is heterosexual, I’d prefer that she marry a heterosexual man. And I’m sure that all the folks who voted for Proposition 8 feel the same way. Where we differ, of course, is about what all those gay men & lesbians who don’t marry our daughters or sons are supposed to do about their desire for an affectionate, committed, legal partnership.
(Sullivan’s blog post with the picture is here.)