Stephanie Coontz makes the excellent rhetorical move of recontextualizing the very question of whether homosexual couples’ participation in marriage could ruin it. By drawing our attention to the long history of social changes to the institution of marriage, she strikes an reverberating chord. Sure–there will be those who want to dismiss the point, taking the “abomination” route (itself equally abominable). But this short piece fires another well-placed shot at the rapidly crumbing armor of anti-gay marriage activists.