Can Life PLEASE Imitate Art?
Last week, the makers of Sims 3 announced that gay marriages are now possible in the latest version of the life simulation game. Apparently, gay couples could only “move in” together in the original game. In Sims 2, released in 2004, gay couples could be “joined,” but not legally married. Now, following on the heels of Iowa, New Hampshire, Maine et al, gay Sims can officially wed.
What I love most about this story is the picture that has been floating around with it. The image of two gay Sims getting hitched is so unostentatious. There’s no big production, no Sim halls rented out, no extended Sim families flew in from out-of-Sim-town to Sim fight with each other, no Sim caterers to argue over Sim fingerfood with. It’s just a couple of happy kids in the middle of a park with four Sim pals, a hippie-looking Sim officiant, some Sim guy who looks like a total stranger, and some big rocks around to witness.
Why can’t ALL weddings be like this? Simple, cheap, private, and streamlined. I know, I know, gay marriage advocates would jump down my throat for saying this. They would say that one of the arguments for allowing gay people to marry (in addition to protecting 14th Amendment rights, guaranteeing civil equalities and, oh, recognizing love) is that it would (drumroll, please) . . . boost the economy. It would allow gay people the privilege of spending STUPID amounts of money on weddings just like straight people.
But think about it: if all people, gay and straight, got married like these low-budget Sim kids, wouldn’t they have much more in savings to spend on sound investments over the long haul? If all people, gay and straight, saved the money they would otherwise hemmorhage into a wedding and spent it on, say, a down-payment for a house, wouldn’t that be a really solid way boost to the economy? If newlywed couples could start life off with a nest egg — save more, spend within your means, right? — instead of blowing their life savings on wedding planners, florists, cake decorators and stylists (nearly all of which, not incidentally, comprise the gay shadow economy that supports straight marriage) wouldn’t THAT be good for the economy?
Way to go, gay Sim kids. You made a wise choice. Mazel tov!Tags: gay marriage, sims 3