Wedding bells have rung for more than 700 homosexual couples in Massachusetts since the state started marrying gays in 2004, prompting the New York Times to profile young gay men who said “I do.” But there are many things the spouses don’t do, such as follow traditional norms: “We don’t think there is any set way to do this,” one 24-year-old said.
“We’re not following anyone’s model,” he added. But many value monogamy, and wider cultural acceptance is likely helping those who yearn for traditional relationships in such novel circumstances. “Ever since I was 19, I knew that I would give myself over to one person in a formal way,” one said. (Read more gay marriage stories.)