Wrong, there is legal precedent. DOMA and something like 30 states have ammendments defining marriage as between a man and a woman.My position is that there is a majority conclusion that people (in general) don't have the ability to define the institution of marriage for themselves. There is no legal precedence for it. I doubt that we'll ever see a Constitutional Amendment defining what marriage is. Consequently, the institution itself will be subject to very diverse views and beliefs.
I don't really think that's what the oppostion stems from except for the real homophobes out there. It's human nature for human societies to regulate their bahavior in accordance with it's morals.If I grew up in a neighborhood that is predominately gay, which also had a high number of gay marriages. As a straight man, regardless of their views on what constitutes marriage would be relativity no interest to me for one really important reason. Their views, their values, their principles would never alter my perceptions and understanding of what the institution of marriage is for me...BECAUSE I'm not gay. I can't be co-opted or influenced to be other than heterosexual.
So?I don't bear the responsibilities of any other couples marriage...and nor they with mine. We are all so busy trying to just live life that the details fade with the seconds, minutes, hours, and days.
Or the opposite could be true....maybe there is some inherited aversion that is there for a reason. To be honest, your opinion above is no more valid than the tinfoil one I just offered.As I've said before...and most will disagree, but in regards to homosexuality's role in humanity, even with all it's mysteries, it's controversies, it's social stigmas - it's shameful that homosexuality is still viewed with so much dark age thinking, fear, myths, superstition, and personal insecurities still cripples the minds of many in a highly advanced civilization.
There will always be those that resist change and there will always be those that demand change. It's the constant struggle that keeps us from going headlong into the abyss or from stagnating in immobilization. It is what it is.We live in a society where many refuse to even acknowledge the possibility that "circumstance of birth" exist when the "preponderance" of evidence leans more to the building scientific research that that is indeed the reality of humanity's existence.
Humanity is currently incapable of living in a world without "unnecessary" prejudices and discrimination.
People will leave claw marks in an effort to resist change. But change won't wait for any of us.
Mac...your right, "it is what it is." That said, can anyone ever accept, "we are what we are?"