Not related specifically to the case, but this is a rather interesting quick look at what marriage is/was, and how it's changed.
Traditional Marriage Perverts the Tradition of Marriage
by Jeff Goode (Californian)
Over a summer of research, I learned a lot of surprising facts about the history of marriage and weddings, but by far the most shocking discovery of all was that the tradition of marriage-as-we-know-it simply did not exist in those days. Almost everything we have come to associate with marriage and weddings - the white dress, the holy vows, the fancy cake and the birdseed - dates back a mere 50 or 100 years at the most. In many cases less....