The bestselling author and contributor to "This American Life," who has written extensively about what it was like to grow up as a gay person in North Carolina, shared his surprising reason for not wanting gay people to tie the knot on "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight" last week.
"See, I wish that gay marriage would be legal everywhere, but that no gay people would act on it. because, look. nobody wants to go to anybody's wedding," Sedaris said. "Nobody wants to get on a plane, go halfway across the country, and wear clothes that they don't feel comfortable in, and choose between the beef and the chicken, and sit in a loud room where a horrible band is playing way too loud, and they're getting their picture taken ... nobody wants that."
As the summer wedding season draws to a close, with its myriad expenses and demands on time, we can see where he's coming from.
Sedaris was on the show to promote his new book "Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls," another collection of the satirist's trademark essays (you can see the full interview here).
One piece in the new book, highlighted in The New York Times review, features a monologue from a straight man who is outraged about New York State legalizing gay marriage. He's so mad he starts killing his own offspring, with a ridiculous explanation.
“The high jinks in New York made a sham of my marriage, so it logically made the fruits of that marriage meaningless as well,” the fictional man says about shooting his daughter.
The man subsequently ends up in jail with an undocumented Hispanic cellmate, and the monologue ends with an unforgettable line: “I’m here to tell you that, as long as you keep your eyes shut, it’s really not that bad.”
Sedaris has lived in France and the U.K., where gay marriage is legal, but has yet to wed his partner Hugh Hamrick. Sedaris told The Daily Beast in 2008 that they are the type of couple that lives together but will never marry, while joking he would do anything to save money.
No better way to do that than to skip the wedding.