The Sunday New York Times had an article about partners/spouses being deal-breakers for some job candidates - did anyone see it [click here for article]? There is a passing mention about the issue in the context of academia. The writer seems to suggest that academia tries to take a politically correct position and does not even feign interest in what a spouse does, or for that matter if there is a spouse. I'm not sure this is really accurate. I think it would be interesting to actually find out how people have dealt with veiled questions from search committees, or even potential mentors, regarding their lives outside the workplace.