Getting married is a special right? Ok. What do
straight people do that is so 'special' that 40% of US children are being raised
in single-parent households?
Correction: replace "letting" with "barring" in 5th sentence, viz:What government interest could there be in BARRING otherwise qualified couples
from calling their relationship "marriage" and enfranchising their children with
two automatic legal guardians?
Special rights??? Consider other protected classes: religion [a choice],
illegitimacy of birth, national origin, and for many issues, non-citizenship;
all groups have little targeted violence if any, let alone lawful discrimination
in work, housing and family law. Now compare gays, and consider
that those even perceived to be gay get battered and murdered by strangers and
even by their own families -- and you cannot escape a SCOTUS classification as
"suspect". This demands that any law that targets gays be shown to be narrowly
tailored to promote a compelling government interest. What government interest
could there be in letting otherwise qualified couples from calling their
relationship "marriage" and enfranchising their children with two automatic
legal guardians? Please, I really want to know.... But don't cite tradition, as
it's just another word for the status quo used by the enfranchised to keep their
favored status, and don't bring up religion because that's not legally relevant,
as rationales for faith are as tenuous as angels' wings.