In some of your dictionaries, one of the definitions of marriage is a "close union." In that context it is used in sentences such as: The marriage of colors in Da Vinci's painting was marvelous. or The rig assembly is completed by the marriage of the boom and vang to the mast. In Texas we just amended our constitution and the only objects that can be married here are men and women in a one to one relatrionship. Not only am I concerned about being arrested for rigging my boat but if I host a regatta I may be indicted for conspiracy. Want to be really frightened? Consider the following. What will happen when the police see the following description of our toys? Lasers have a male aluminum top section with male plugs stufffed in its female ends. The male plugs are held in place by male rivets inserted in female holes in the male aluminum and plastic parts and those male rivets are secured in place by pulling the male part out of the female part of the rivet until the male part snaps off at the opening to the female part. The female collars are held in place with rivets whose male part is pulled to expand the female part where it serves as the male fastener inside the female holes in the aluminum and plastic. The entire assembly serves as the male part of the mast. When we rig our boats, that male part of the mast is married to the female part of the mast which has a male part which is married to the boom. The vang is married to the male fitting on the mast by insertion of a male pin through TWO female parts of the vang and one female part of the mast fitting. We are all going to jail!!!!