Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage
by stephen macedo
princeton, 320 pages, $29.95
Before the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the law of most states restricted marriage to opposite-sex couples. Now that the Court has held that the Constitution guarantees the right to marry a person of the same sex, that restriction is gone. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land.
Stephen Macedo understands that expanding marriage to include same-sex couples raises thorny questions. If marriage is no longer exclusively heterosexual, perhaps it should also cease to be monogamous. Though he applauds the advent of same-sex marriage, Macedo is opposed to polygamy and spends most of Just Married arguing against it. But there are more momentous consequences of gay marriage that he barely considers.
In making his case against polygamy, Macedo touches on two key questions about the nature of marriage. Is marriage essentially a sexual relationship? Does marriage carry the expectation of sexual fidelity and exclusivity?