an archaeological site on which the present is constantly building
over the past, letting history's many layers twist and tilt into today's walls
many people believe theirs is the one true claim to this holy
marriage has always been a battleground, owned and defined first
by one group and then another. While marriage
may retain its ancient name,
very little else in this city has remained the same, not its boundaries, boulevards,
or daily habits except the fact that it is inhabited by human beings. And
yet, marriage has outlasted its many critics
and has outlasted as well, the
doomsayers of so many eras who post marriage's obituary notice every time society
talks about changing its marriage rules.
is Marriage For? (Boston: Beacon Press, 1999) at xi.