Sloane and her fiancé Percy were enjoying the elegance of a wine and cheese party at her friend Victoria’s home.
It was all going so well. Six people sat in the living room sipping cabernet and engaging in light conversation.
Then someone brought up the topic of marriage.
“Isn’t it great that we now have marriage equality so two people in love, no matter their sexual orientation, can enjoy wedded bliss?” asked a pleasant looking woman. Everyone else smiled and nodded.
Percy chortled. The woman who asked the question leaned forward aggressively. “Do we have a homophobe in our midst?” she asked, patronizingly.
Sloane rolled her eyes as Percy leaned forward.
“It’s all fine and good until they realize what they’ve actually got,” said Percy, staring directly into the eyes of the woman.
“And what’s that?” she asked.
“Marriage is a business deal, pure and simple. Don’t argue with me about what it once was. That’s what it is now,” said Percy.
He was greeted with gasps and a chuckle or two.
“That’s hardly what marriage is,” said the woman.
“Really? It’s not about sex, is it? Since people have sex all the time, it’s not really a part of how we’d define marriage, is it? And since sex is how most people define love, then it becomes moot. People have sex with who ever and what ever, whenever they what. In or out of marriage.”
“No, it’s brutally candid. Marriage is about estate divestiture, asset allocation, tax and insurance benefits. Children are investments to be bartered with custodial transferal. Even embryos are property to be divided. Think about it. We refer to each other as partners. Marriages should be officiated by lawyers and accountants,” said Percy, who was now smiling at the horrified audience.
The woman was frustrated. “What does this have to do with gay marriage?” she demanded.
“Nothing. It has everything to do with the business of relationships,” said Percy.
Victoria leaned over and whispered to Sloane, “I don’t think he’s going to be much of a husband.”
Sloane swallowed down the last of her cabernet and smiled. “Perhaps not, but he’s gonna be one hell of a business partner.”