Marriage Gets In The Way

07/03/2010 09:55 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

What does marriage have to do with it?

The text on this rest-area condom-vending machine reads, in relevant part: "The best method of AIDS prevention is abstinence before marriage and a monogamous relationship during marriage."

OK, if you want to make the point that abstinence is the best way to prevent sexually-transmitted disease, that's one thing. However, people shopping for condoms may be considered beyond the abstinence message -- so maybe monogamy is a reasonable thing to recommend. But marriage? This is surely beyond the point about STDs.

Has religion once again ruined a teachable moment for health science?

Cross-posted from the Family Inequality blog.