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Surprise, Surprise: Being Gay Doesn’t Make Marriage Any Easier

Photo copyright 2008 Fred R. Conrad for NYT.Today’s NYT features an article on the state of gay marriage, 4 years after it was first available in Massachusetts.

The couples interviewed sound completely normal. Some people got married because they could, others thought it would solve problems in the relationship, some got divorced, and there’s the typical “one partner wants marriage, the other doesn’t” situation. And there are one or two couples who are committed to making marriage work for them and are relatively happy.

What did people think would happen? Are straight people so out-of-the-loop on gay life that it takes an article to remind us that gay marriage and straight marriage are basically the same, with the same issues? Marriage is hard for everyone–a nightmare when it doesn’t work, a blessed miracle when it does.