Masha Gessen is a lesbian and gay activist who recently made some candid remarks about marriage equality and the subsequent consequences:
In the video she blatantly says:
It’s a no-brainer that we [gays and lesbians] should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. That causes my brain some trouble and part of it why it causes me trouble is because fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there. Because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don’t think it should exist. [Emphasis mine]
The dismantling of the institution of marriage is a logical step after redefining what marriage is as an institution. Marriage equality requires that instead of viewing marriage as an institute ordained by God, consisting of one man and one woman, and binding until either the man or woman dies, marriage must be viewed as a state-given (human made) institution consisting of two partners and binding only as long as both partners want to be with each other.
However, such sexual liberation renders marriage itself as null and void. What is the point of declaring vows of loyalty while retaining the right to exit the marriage at will? If marriage has no binding requirements reflected in vows of loyalty fulfilled by duty, then it is not an institution. It becomes a phenomenon, a behavior pattern to be studied by anthropologists, zoologists, and historians.
So it is a lie to say that marriage equality is about two men or two women marrying in the same traditional way that one man and one woman marrying. The purpose of marriage equality is the freedom from the binding expectations of traditional marriage, not the freedom to practice traditional marriage. Since marriage as an institution is something to be freed from, then it is no longer needed, especially among sexually liberated communities.
Masha Gessen is intellectually honest here. As a lesbian, she has no need for marriage as an institution. Removing it from society is the same as throwing away archaic and antiquated laws and practices. Those who honestly believe that marriage equality is merely about traditional marriage being opened up to same-sex partners are either deliberately ignorant of the reality or genuinely naive about the motives of sexual progressives.