So, what was the upshot of my couple of weeks with The Meaning of Marriage?
I have been convinced that the marriage makes two people one flesh. I pretty much thought that before, but taking this as a secure foundation for thinking about marriage – independent of whatever the state calls "marriage" – is a great help.
I also already thought that men and women are complementary as a group, though any particular couple works this out in a unique way.
Putting these together, marriage is a one-flesh union of complementary persons, prior to politics.
Right now, I don't really see how you could do that with more than one other person. I will keep thinking about it.
[This one is short and late in the day because I had a wonderful, family-building trip with my daughters to the big city to see "Wicked." A good time was had by all.]