Give the man a cigar! Yes, that has been at the back of my mind throughout this story. I didn't want to get didactic or blatantly political, as that would ruin the fun of the tale, but the legal question is a civil rights issue, which is an ongoing battle for many groups, gay people included. I myself am happily single, but if I were to become romantically involved I would want to be able to marry the one I loved without it being considered a "special right," and a number of my friends and neighbors who have been together for more than a decade are not allowed the same benefit. Thank you for catching me out.