Excuse me, but many of the arguments in favor of faux marriage seem to be so much emotional piffle. Yesterday, my senator, Mark Kirk, announced that he now supports it, saying, “Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back — government has no place in the middle.” Really? Seems to me that government has been “in the middle” of our sexual relationships for a long time now. Has Mr. Kirk ever heard of laws against the marriage of close relatives, against polygamy, against incest, against rape, against the sexual exploitation of children? When “love” is the be all and end all, why shouldn’t these relationships be enshrined in law, too? Using Kirk’s sentimentality as the new standard, we open the door to all these things and more.