The Associated Press: Married gays in Mass. sue US for federal benefits Well, the far right has been predicting the end of heterosexual marriage for some time now and it looks like we're closer than ever. Same-sex couples in Massachussetts have filed a challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The basic claim is that the federal government is denying couples married in Massachussetts the right to access federal benefits because they are same-sex and that that's unconstitutional since it intrudes on state's rights (that is, Massachussetts granted these couples rights as "married" and then the federal government is denying them the over 1000 rights and privileges that are granted to other married couples). It's probably a reasonable challenge. There's little doubt that the DOMA has always been on shaky ground in the whole balance of power/states rights thing. The lawsuit is also situated in the press as "worthy" since the couples making the challenge "deserve the same rights as other tax-paying Americans." And President Obama has expressed his wilingness to work for the overturn of DOMA. But will this spell the end to heterosexual unions as we know them? Will same-sex marriage actually undermine the privileges and power of heteronormative marriage? I doubt it. Rather, it will open up the pie to a wider segment of the population, the deserving queers, wihile still denying those rights and privileges to those of us who are unmarried, polyamorous, uninterested, or for some reason forgot to show up at our weddings. Oh well. Maybe when the married citizens are done eating thier pie, they can leave the crumbs for us?