The ERA has emerged from the grave to make another run at passage, and you know what that means: Phyllis Schlafly is back in the news! At an event at Bates College, the anti-ERA warrior claimed that marital rape is impossible. "By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don't think you can call it rape."
But clearly, it's the "pro-family" folks like Schlafly that are defending the institution of marriage, by informing the populace about the perils of eliminating the marital rape exemption.
Feministing seems to have a solution that everyone can appreciate: "Hows about we make a rule that the amendment would guarantee equality for all women except Phyllis Schlafly? Then everyone wins."
Also at Feministing is a post talking about some queer activists opposed to fighting for marriage equality, because (among other reasons) marriage is so bound up in patriarchal history and practice that it is rather perverse to even want to be included in it. Generally arguments like that don't sway me, but comments like Schlafly's certain add to their potency, no?