My daughters grew up about 8 houses away from a lesbian couple.
They were in fact some of the nicest ladies going. Had a beautiful chocolate lab.
We had a very white-ish yellow lab and a black lab, so naturally my family and these ladies had a common bond.
For anyone to suggest to me that they should not be allowed to get "married" because of some bull-feces religious dogma is infuriating.
They were respectful, wonderful, engaging, intelligent, entertaining, classy, and just flat-out good people.
It's fine for anyone to say "my religion doesn't condone same-sex marriage", but it's not fine to suggest that nobody should condone it, and even worse to say the legal/state/government systems shouldn't recognize it.
Preventing two consenting adults from having a formally and legally recognized commitment to each other is just plain ignorant.
It's quite hypocritical too as most of the people who wish to prevent SSM also typically soapbox against promiscuity and/or pre-marital sex, or "living together in sin".
The institution of "traditional" or "straight" marriage is still in the building process. You nor anyone else knows what that institution is going to look like when it is completed.
Now...isn't that equally as true as what you've written?
How about we just erase "marriage" completely from all society, for everyone?
After all - most gay kids come from straight, married parents.
Your argument comes from the stance that homosexuality is normal. I do not share that view. In fact in reason believe homosexual couples who wish to establish a union between themselves insisting on government allow them to be endowed with the same marriage as in the traditional sense is for the purpose to validate to society their relationship as normal.
There has been a great effort by advocacy groups to paint homosexual behavior as normal. There has also been a lot of sanitizing of their past relations with unpopular organizations in their earlier years of advocacy to make them more mainstream and acceptable. There is currently a push to introduce homosexuality to elementary children in public schools as being normal. Get em while they're young. It is also depicted as normal everyday through television viewing. If all a person watched on television was HGTV, they would be under the impression that 2/3 of the country is gay because every 3rd or 4th episode is either a gay decorator or a gay couple looking for a house when in fact the percentage of the population that are gay is in the single digits.