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It's also about the social control enforced through a would-be monopoly on who has permission to have sex. It must be approved by the patriarchy: the father must "hand over the keys" to his daughter, who should in turn be undamaged goods. Women are owned or conditionally protected. Other deals may have been made on the side. Gays are not subject to paternal approval, since marriage is not a possibility. This is one of the ironies of opposition to gay marriage-- then again, it probably does undermine the notion that paternal approval is the basis of marriage since I'd think pretty much all gay couples do not accept that notion. I think that's where the "gays and their marriages undermine straight marriage" stuff comes from. They are seen to disrupt the deal-making that would go on between families (subject to male veto, of course).

Thu, 31 May 2012 07:22:17 UTC | #944709