But the fact that it has fallen short of its ideal is less about the institution itself than the will of its key members.
He talks to Isabel Wilkinson about bringing down the institution.
What if gay marriage really will change the institution of marriage, shifting conceptions around monogamy and intimacy?
c.1400, "action of establishing or founding (a system of government, a religious order, etc.)," from Old French institucion "foundation; thing established," from Latin institutionem (nominative institutio) "disposition, arrangement; instruction, education," noun of state from institutus (see institute). Meaning "established law or practice" is from 1550s. Meaning "establishment or organization for the promotion of some charity" is from 1707.