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Hi sONE. I guess the way that I look at it is I'm definitely against same sex marriage and large in part of how it will affect society and what could result in the long run. Not to mention that it does go against my religious beliefs and the values that I hold for myself.
One the other hand, I'm not out to condemn gay people or judge them in that it's not my place to do so. I guess you might say that I'm a realist and I understand that civil unions are similar to marriage but it's not marriage per se. I definitely don't believe that gays should be discriminated against in our court system or denied anything such as benefits, etc. So I would have to say that to make both sides happy, yes to civil unions but no to marriage. That way they have theirs and we have ours. Both are separate, no one is considered inferior, just that both are different for the obvious reasons.
Neither vague fear of the future nor a religious belief not shared by all, constitute a legitimate governmental interest sufficient for deny equal treatment under the law as required by the 5th and 14th amendments to the constitution.
Denial of equal treatment is harmful in many ways. Equal treatment harms no one.
In case you missed it, separate can never be equal: "The statutory provisions that continue to limit access to this designation exclusively to opposite sex couples likely will be viewed as an official statement that the family relationship of same sex couples are not of comparable stature or equal dignity to the family relationship of opposite-sex couples." (p.118 In Re Marriage)
"While retention of the limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples is not needed to preserve the rights and benefits of opposite-sex couples, the exclusion of same sex couples from the designation of marriage works a real and appreciable harm upon same-sex couples and their children." (p.117 In re Marriage)