A marriage between members of the same sex is a self-contradiction, according to opponents, so their unions will somehow harm marriage itself. It focuses instead directly on people's animus towards gays and lesbians.
Homosexual relationships are treated explicitly as abnormal and unnatural.
Married couples can also handle their financial affairs, from banking to taxes, jointly.
Fundamentally, the point of marriage -- whether gay or straight -- is to start a family.
The idea that gay couples shouldn't be allowed to marry because they can't procreate is extremely popular.
When all of the arguments that gay marriage is an intrinsically bad fail, religious conservatives move to argue that such marriages will somehow infringe on their own civil rights.It's an appealing tactic since no one wants to be tarred as an opponent of religious liberty.However, thus far conservatives have failed to explain how or why treating gays like fully equal citizens and human beings is incompatible with anyone's religious liberty.Defining marriage in terms of sex begs the question of how we define a person's sex in the first place. Using strict terminology, there are people for whom marriage to Almost every opponent to gay marriage tends to rely on the belief that marriage is essentially and necessarily a religious rite.For them, marriage is conceived of almost exclusively in religious terms.Yet, is a marriage a religious rite or a civil right? In an attempt to understand the issue, let's examine common arguments against same-sex marriage and why they may not stand up in modern America.