The supporters of gay marriage present it as a civil right and ask the question this way: Should gay people be allowed to marry? The corollary question is: How does it harm you if we allow gay people to marry?
The fundamental issues are not expressed. What the supporters really want is to apply all of the laws (1,000 plus) that govern traditional marriage between a man and a woman and apply them, across the board, to the concept of gay marriage. First of all, gay marriage between a man and another man is quite different from traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Gay marriage between a woman and another woman is quite different from gay marriage between a man and a man. Each situation would require a different set of laws that would govern each case.
These laws should be carefully thought out, researched and debated before they are signed into law. Most people have no idea what is contained in the 1,000 plus laws that govern traditional marriage. How can they be expected to vote intelligently on the issue? There are other questions that should be thought out carefully, researched and debated concerning gay marriage, divorce and adoption of children. Just making a blanket decision on this subject is ludicrous.
Blaine R. McCann