There is a minor furor over the United States Council of Catholic Bishops new subtly anti-gay marriage video for all the predictable reasons. More interesting to me is the chemistry/water motif the video has going on. Happily-married dude makes it explicit at around 3:45: “It’s like two completely different things, like hydrogen and oxygen, and combining them to make water; something entirely new and unique.” Ah, science.
Of course, primary school reminds us that water has a ratio of hydrogen to oxygen that is not exactly monogomous. I wonder if the Lure braintrust devise a well-known diatomic molecule for the bishops to use? It probably can’t be ionic (taking the partner’s possessions and then splitting when things get wet doesn’t seem like an ideal arrangement) or homonuclear (because that’s just gay). The best I can come up with is carbon monoxide. Its reasonably well-known, covalent (but with sufficient polarity that we can keep the “opposites attract” motif going), and that triple bond is made to last. I suspect, though, that a CO analogy would result in a fairly tasteless video. Any better suggestions?