“Getting married is no longer something you do when you are
young and foolish starting out; prosperity is not something spouses build together. Rather, marriage has become a “marker of prestige,” as sociologist Andrew Cherlin puts it– the capstone of a successful life, rather than its cornerstone. But while many couples have concluded that they are not ready for marriage, they have things backwards. It’s not that they aren’t ready for marriage; it’s that marriage isn’t ready for the realities of 21st-century life. Particularly for less affluent, less educated Americans, changing economic and gender realities have dismantled the old institution, without constructing any sort of replacement.”

Research finds that same-sex unions are happier than heterosexual marriages. What can gay and lesbian couples teach straight ones about living in harmony?

Read it all: The Gay Guide to Wedded Bliss