With same-sex marriage gaining legal victories and public acceptance, a new debate is percolating: Will the change in marriage rights lead to change in the nature of marriage — such as a reassessment of monogamy? Not long ago, that possibility was brought up by conservatives who warned of the perils of abandoning traditional marriage. Now, supporters of same-sex unions are raising similar questions — mostly with ambivalence.
Last month, an article in Gawker, a left-leaning website, focused on same-sex marriages that allow extramarital sex. A few days later, just as the Supreme Court struck down the ban on federal recognition of same-sex marriages, Slate.com ran a piece by Hanna Rosin titled, “The Dirty Little Secret: Most Gay Couples Aren’t Monogamous.” Rosin asserted that “in legalizing gay marriage” — which she supports — “we are accepting a form of sanctioned marriage that is not by habit monogamous,” with possible wider repercussions.