Arrive fashionably late to the party, and the party may no longer be fashionable. Less than two weeks has elapsed since New York legalized same-sex marriage, but according to Dr. Neil Clark Warren, online matchmaker and founder of eHarmony, marriage is passé. In an article for the Huffington Post, Warren offers, “on second thought, don’t get married.” Warning against the dangers of an ill-calculated marriage, he writes, “It’s frighteningly easy to choose the wrong person.” Unless, presumably, you carefully answer an in-depth eHarmony questioner.
Indeed, 2011 has already been a year of divorce, and research bolsters the gloomy forecast. According to the U.S. Census, fewer than half of American households are founded on marriage, and a Pew Research Center study from 2010 found that an increasing number of Americans believe marriage is becoming obsolete.
One may wonder what drove Dr. Warren to very publicly list the many dangers of marriage, considering his vocation. Perhaps he was deeply bothered by news of the Terminator’s divorce from Maria Shriver, to which I say, don’t worry Dr. Warren – she’ll be just fine with her hefty settlement and a lucrative book deal.
Perhaps with gay endorsement, marriage will be made cool again, just like boat parties, dim sum, and AOL.