yes,-- everybody should be treated equal
No--some people should recieve preferential treatment
Obviously, just because something was done centuries ago, we DO need to clarify what we wish to allow *today*.
There is just something I find very interesting....
I could have a loveless, childless relationship with someone of the opposite sex, while cheating on the side, and providing no real benefit to society and that would be a worthy enough of marriage by the traditional marriage people's standards simply because I would be male and she would be female.
However, if I formed a loving, stable relationship with another male, adopted and provided a stable home for children, and benefited society in doing so, that would be considered unworthy of marriage by traditional marriage people's standards simply because I would be male and he would be male.
And people are surprised when the Larry Craigs and Mark Folelys come out of the woodwork?
I can't imagine how traditional marriage people deal with the cognitive dissonance they must encounter everyday in their thinking.
It hasn't, though. The purpose has remained the same even when the structure of marriage has changed drastically. Just as skin tone and pigmentation can very from culture to culture, skin still serves the same purpose every human you look at.
It is because the purpose of marriage is the same which makes it an element of cultural universal.