Being able to get my hands only on the national weekly edition of the Washington Times (which arrives usually a week behind), I only now caught this Aug. 9th piece, titled “Gays Expand Battlefield,” which reports:

After a decade of fighting for same-sex ‘marriage,’ some homosexual activists are breaking their silence to say it’s time to fight for benefits for all kinds of relationships.

Families and relationships ‘know no borders and will never slot narrowly into a single existing template,’ several activists said in a statement issued last month called ‘Beyond Marriage: A New Strategic Vision For All Our Families and Relationships.’

Because marriage is ‘not the only worthy form of family or relationship,’ it ’should not be legally or economically privileged above others,’ according to the statement, which was signed by 270 homosexual rights activists and heterosexual allies, such as Princeton University professor Cornel West and feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

Other kinds of relationships that they say deserve marriagelike benefits include senior citizens who aren’t married but live together; single-parent families; blended families; ‘committed, loving households in which there is more than one conjugal partner’; ‘queer couples who decide to jointly create and raise a child with another queer person or couple, in two households’; and nonsexual cohabiters, such as friends or siblings, the statement said.

As I outlined in OpinionJournal.com in 2004, we shouldn’t wait for society to slide down the slippery slope; we should mandate it. Because the slope, if steep enough, has the potential to solve as many problems as it creates.

For example, the increased number of single-mother homes resulting from the redefinition of marriage could be counterbalanced if a woman were simply allowed to marry her son (a Jewish mother’s dream!). An even greater social benefit would come from legalized incest, which would lower the divorce rate — since it’s a lot harder to leave your wife when she’s your sister.

And polygamy would be instrumental in solving the phenomenon of the noncommittal male — an extravagance that a female-dominated populace can ill afford. Legalized polygamy would encourage the confirmed bachelor to commit at last, leaving him no excuse not to tie the knot with all the women he’s keeping on a string.