How did I miss Dahlia Lithwick’s Slate piece last week on the Massachusetts gay marriage ruling? She dissects the most popular argument used by critics of the ruling, that gay marriage tarnishes all marriages, by listing some of the real threats to the institution of marriage in America (like the fact that nearly half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce). Of course, my real question is whether there’s anyone out there who really believes the weakening-of-marriage argument, or whether it’s just something that’s knowingly thrown out there by people who fully realize that they actually just hate the lifestyle of gay people (but also realize that they can’t use that as their argument without exposing themselves as bigots).