“Traditional marriage” was a property rights agreement. And God liked it that way. According to the Torah/Bible.
Biblical marriage was polygamy. And God liked it that way. According to the Torah/Bible.
Romantic marriage, as we know it now, is relatively modern in human history. Younger than a couple hundred years.
Straight marriage has about a 50% failure rate. This has NOTHING TO DO WITH GAY PEOPLE. Except when sometimes closeted people divorce so that they can pursue same-sex relationships and their spouses can finally have a real romantic partnership.
Children have one parent, four parents, three parents (or no parents) all the time, EVEN WHEN ALL THE PARENTS ARE STRAIGHT.
Same-sex couples have been raising children for decades. Studies about their well-being exist*. THESE CHILDREN ARE FINE.
Except that, under federal law, their families are illegitimate. Second class. Subject to additional financial, legal, and health threats because of this second-class status.
So until their families are recognized by law as no threat at all to our world order, they will not be all the way fine.
*PS I’d add to Marcotte’s rundown of the “concern trolling” the arguments I heard yesterday on NPR about how gay marriage is a “young institution” and it’s “too soon” to know what “effects” it may have on society. This enrages me so much I’m barely articulate.
All I can say is: if my best friends’ kids, with two moms, will trigger the apocalypse, this f-in society may deserve it.
UPDATE: “Journalistic objectivity” demands that when a source on NPR claims that “we know nothing” about the “broad social effects” of this “new institution” of gay marriage, a freakin journalist points out, after the interview, on the air, that in fact WE DO KNOW THE EFFECTS. And those effects are virtually nil. There are STUDIES. Already. BAH.