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The ad­ven­tures of Ozzie and Harry New Mex­ico res­i­dents hop­ing for some for­ward move­ment on do­mes­tic-part­ner­ship leg­is­la­tion will have to wait a lit­tle longer. A sign re­cently posted on the door of the room in the Round­house where the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee meets states that no do­mes­tic-part­ner­ship leg­is­la­tion— specif­i­cally the con­tro­ver­sial SB 183, which a Se­nate Pub­lic Af­fairs panel voted to send to Fi­nance— will be heard un­til the House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Bill (HB 2) is con­sid­ered. And that could take a while.

Some ar­gue that do­mes­tic-part­ner­ship leg­is­la­tion will lead to the le­gal­iza­tion of same­sex mar­riage, thus threat­en­ing the “sanc­tity of tra­di­tional mar­riage.” For a side­ways look at what “tra­di­tional” mar­riage was once widely con­sid­ered to be, pick up a copy of Cider Mill Press’s laugh-in­duc­ing nov­elty book,

The Good Wife Guide: 19 Rules for Keep­ing a Happy Hus­band (a Good Hus­band Guide is also avail­able). It’s a col­lec­tion of 1950s-era pho­to­graphs and short lessons to help the good wife learn how to keep the man of the house in a chip­per mind-set. Take for in­stance rule 18, ti­tled “Be­tween the Sheets,” which re­minds the lady of the house to “be a tan­ta­liz­ing temptress in those few, short min­utes be­fore your hus­band falls asleep. Once he’s out like a light, you can steal a few more ‘ home work’ min­utes, rolling out the dough for to­mor­row morn­ing’s light and flaky Dan­ish.” Ah, tra­di­tional mar­riage. Now— who wants a heapin’ scoop of progress? Happy Valen­tine’s Day. To every­one. Equally.

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