A Malaysian state government says it plans to offer free honeymoons to save the marriages of couples who are on the brink of divorce. Ashaari Idris, a government official in northern Terengganu state, says troubled couples will be allowed to spend two nights at the state's scenic islands or beach resorts to help them rekindle their romance under a "Second Honeymoon" program. Ashaari says the state government hopes to launch the plan soon "to resolve marital problems and to create models of exemplary families." He said Monday that couples who enrol in the program must also undergo counselling.Marriage on the rocks? Honeymoon by the beach: Malaysia state offers free vacations to couples. Of course Malaysia is a country that is officially religious (they have an official religion- Islam- although there are other religions too) and officially super conservative. Their investment in giving away free honeymoons to keep couples married is quite clear. America's is more difficult to locate. It is obviously the result of a variety of religious traditions' emphasis on marriage, but if that were all it were, then the state wouldn't have allowed divorce to become so easy. It is the result of certain racial hierarchies- white people marry at almost twice the rate of African Americans and this is often used to privilege white families as opposed to the "pathological" and "matriarchal" black families. But if I had to guess why marriage apartheid became even more strongly supported by the state since the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act 1996 I would say that it is the result of the "wages of straightness." As most Americans (80% according the CBO) became worse off than they were in 1980, but a few Americans became spectacularly wealthy (thus the growth in "average" income), the state offered the Americas who were most likely to vote a "wage"- a set of privileges and rights that they got just by being married. At the same time, people in the gay and lesbian movement who were similarly situated (white, educated, coupled) began to demand those same wages (making them even more valuable because they are coveted). But giving white, educated, coupled gays and lesbians the wages of straightness won't change the fact that the state should not award citizenship on the basis of marital status. And if it's going to, it ought to throw in a free honeymoon as well.