Recent polling and developments in several states indicate that there is strong movement in the U.S. toward acceptance of gay marriage. Glory Fuckin' Hallelujah! Simple principles of equal rights for all might actually prevail within our lifetimes, and a nasty form of institutionalized discrimination will have ended at long last. One of the favorite objections to gay marriage from the religious right has been this: "If gays can marry, then what is next? Group marriage?" Some have responded: "Don't be ridiculous." My response is: "Absolutely!" It follows like the night the day. Freedom to marry means just that -- freedom to marry whomever we want. If three people want to be married, then why should they be discriminated against? Progressives might say "Shhhhh," that pointing out this inevitable implication of taking religious doctrine out of the legal concept of state-sanctioned marriage will arouse people's fears, and progress on gay marriage might be slowed or reversed. I disagree. Facing up to all of the implications of equal rights in marriage ought to be a healthy thing. I doubt that the numbers opting for group marriage would be very large, since jealousy and exclusiveness and even ownership are central to many people's personal concept of marriage. But if only one threesome wanted to marry, then that relationship should, in my opinion, be afforded the same rights and responsibilities as any twosome. What do others think about this issue?