• Wed, Oct 5 2011

Gene Simmons And Shannon Tweed’s Wedding Is More Of An Affront To Traditional Marriage Than Gay Marriage Is

Last weekend, Gene Simmons made an honest woman out of his long-suffering common-law wife Shannon Tweed. Despite the fact that they’ve been together for 28 years and have two grown children, Gene continues to cheat on her—and can’t promise that he’ll be 100% faithful after they’re officially married. It’s gotten so bad that when he tried to justify his philandering ways on The Joy Behar Show a few months ago, Shannon walked out of the interview.

So people who refuse to be faithful are allowed to get hitched whenever they like, and queer couples still aren’t granted that right? Here’s an argument against same-sex marriage, from a 2003 editorial in the National Review:

Gay-marriage advocates often argue that marriage will reduce the gay male tendency toward promiscuous sex. I have often suggested that a different and more disturbing effect is more likely. Since many of even the most committed and stable gay relationships are sexually open, there is a danger that gay marriage will help to break the now taken-for-granted connection between marriage and monogamy.

For an interesting foreshadowing of this effect, consider the recent piece in Salon by Michael Alvear. Alvear’s take on the Clinton scandal is that straights need to lighten up about marital infidelity and model their marriages on the sexually open relationships so familiar to gays. This is exactly the sort of thing I have suggested we will be seeing plenty of after gay marriage is legalized. But after legalization, instead of someone like Alvear saying that straight marriages ought to follow the example of gay relationships, he’ll be able to say that straight marriages ought to become more like gay marriages. That’s going to make it very tough to communicate the meaning of marital fidelity to a new generation.

Here are quotes from last night’s season 6 premiere of Gene Simmons Family Jewels. The wedding special airs next week; this episode was devoted entirely to Shannon’s misgivings and fears now that Gene has proposed.

Last season’s flashbacks:

Daughter Sophie to Gene: “If it had to come to where Mom leaves, I’m going with her.”

Shannon (when Gene finally proposes): “Who’d want to marry a [bleeped out, but we'll assume from the context either asshole or fucker] like you?”

Therapy:

Shannon: “He doesn’t promise to be faithful to me.”

Shannon: “Up until not long ago, he still had clandestine answering services where he’s checking up on women who have been calling him.”

Shannon: “It’s about me. It’s about my right to know what was going on.”

Shannon: “It’s a yes, [but] it’s conditional.”

Shannon: “He doesn’t promise to be faithful to me.”
Gene: “I will do my best…”
Shannon: “He won’t say it.”
This is how Gene forces himself to repeat after her: “‘I promise to be faithful only unto you’…blegh!”

Shannon: “He wants an escape clause because he’s always had one. Living with me and not being married was always his escape clause… Now you’ll be deliberately breaking a promise.”
Therapist: “You assume he’s going to break it.”

Gene and Shannon’s engagement party:

Son Nick to Gene: “The ring is symbolic; it’s a promise. It only matters if you do it. So mean it.”

When your kid has to tell you that, you’re in trouble.

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