Introduction

 

Ann D'Ercole and Jack Drescher

 

 

 

There is an old song that claims “love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.” It is no small irony, however, that the buggy is an outmoded form of transportation and that the heterosexual divorce rate in the United States hovers at 50 percent. With the blending of families of divorce, both heterosexual and gay, traditional marriage arrangements are becoming increasingly passé as well. As Adria Schwartz notes in her contribution in this volume, “Ozzie and Harriet Are Dead.”

How one responds to their deaths may vary. For political conservatives, reports of their death seem premature. For them, such cultural shifts are a spur to stem the tides of change. For others, change seems inevitable. ...

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