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In “The Gay Guide to Wedded Bliss,” the cover story for a recent issue of the Atlantic , author Liza Mundy advances a simple thesis: “By providing a new model of how two people can live together equitably, same-sex marriage could help haul matrimony more fully into the twenty-first century.” By her reckoning, marriage today is still corrupted by assumptions about gender roles. Young couples tend to think of their lives together along somewhat traditional lines. Dad volunteers as the soccer coach; mom cooks most meals. If somebody stays at home to raise the kids, it’s overwhelmingly likely to be mom. Something like “patriarchy” still endures.

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