Man, there’s a lot of stuff going on in the news today.  The first legal gay marriages took place today in Massachusetts.  That’s major.  I’m not going to sit here and say that it doesn’t strike me as strange.  Or even threatening.  Change is intimidating.

But I still say that the problem with marriage – and it is a weakening institution – is straight people, religious or otherwise.  Since you already have to register with the state to get married, it’s obvious that that isn’t enough for people to take it seriously.  I think there should be mandatory pre-marriage counseling.

I mean, hell, you have to do all that training to get a driver’s license but you can get married like it’s nothing.  So I propose that there should be a week long marriage counseling “regimen” required to get a marriage license.  And that would apply to straight, unstraight, young, old or otherwise.  Considering all of the personal, social, legal, financial, etc. ramifications there should be some kind of process to go through.

And I’m not saying it would be a test that a couple would pass or fail (although…).  Just a part of the process to gain insight into dealing with the realities, boons and curses of matrimony.  Maybe it’d encourage some mutual self-introspection and provide a reality check for our more doe-eyed, love-struck peers.

That’s not a bad idea.  Hmmm.

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