Okay, I did NOT see this one coming.
Though I should have.
I remember having the discussion that if the definition of marriage was changed from its ancient understanding that was attached to procreation and family (or even sex for that matter) and base it solely on strong emotional bonds that it would lead to other forms of marriage other than just between two people and being told, “Oh no, that would NEVER happen.” Well since then we have had the mother who wanted to marry her daughter in order to assist her in raising her daughter. More recently we have had the case of the three women who married out west and one of them being inseminated in order for triumvirate to raise a family.
BUT I WASN’T IMAGINING CREATIVELY ENOUGH!
Yesterday (Wednesday) on NPR there was a story about the development of robots. As they become more complicated and self-sufficient the question was asked at what point will they become “persons.” The prediction was that their rights would develop over time. Robots will slowing gain “rights” and eventually be able to sue. Law suits could be filed not because the owner of a robot was seeking damages to his property but that the robot would be able to sue for violation of (his?) person. The prediction was that 20 years following the first successful suing by a robot (against a human or another robot was not specified) there will be the first wedding. (Again, they did not specify if it was between a robot and a person or two robots – but now we see almost anything can go.)
Here is another article on the topic.
Which all leads back to the sticking point: Once marriage can mean anything, it ceases to mean anything.