In the 1933 film I’m No Angel, Mae West’s character quipped “Marriage is a great institution – but I'm not ready for an institution.” Well, we are ready to be institutionalized!
Below you will find two documents: a set of “required” readings and a set of optional readings. The first document, which is your homework reading assignment, is due in preparation for the wedding weekend. Our hope is that these provocative yet accessible pieces will get you thinking about the institution of marriage and whether and how same-sex couples should be included in it. As we explain further in the document’s cover page, we would like every guest to at least peruse these “required” readings in advance of the wedding weekend. We will be discussing the ideas and concepts from the readings during the Catered Conversations. The second document is a completely optional additional set of readings, including a few articles from scientific psychological journals. We have included these articles, which are somewhat less accessible than the “required” readings, purely for your curiosity and you should not feel like you need to read them.
* As you may have heard, on May 15, the Supreme Court of California overturned that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. While this was an enormous victory for marriage equality, at this point, the fate of that decision is still very much up in the air. Regardless of what ultimately happens, the decision does not go into effect until June 15, so at the time of our wedding, Massachusetts will still be the only state with full marriage rights for same-sex couples. In light of the landmark California decision, we have added the opening sections from both the majority opinion in that case and from the case that produced marriage equality in Massachusetts to the “Optional Readings” in case you are interested in reading them.