Gay couples couldn't credibly promise to provide each other with the separate and specialized skills -- separate for reasons of legal discrimination, and social beliefs about what men and women could do -- that were the basis of the older conception of marriage. But gay couples can certainly share the joy of things and experiences, they can certainly improve each other's lives, they can certainly co-parent, they can certainly bring increased economic stability to a household by combining two incomes -- they can do all the things that form the basis of what Stevenson and Wolfers call "hedonic marriages."
In other words, one story here is that our attitudes have changed towards homosexuality, and that's certainly true. But another is that our attitudes have changed towards marriage -- even heterosexual marriage -- in ways that opened the institution for gays. And that's true, too.
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