I didn't mean to imply that marriage is devoid of offspring.<quoted text>
1. Marriage isn't about evolution?
Marriage has nothing to do with evolutionary mating behavior?
Marriage has no correlation to procreation?
2. Of course heterosexuals have offspring outside of marriage.
To the immediate and devastating consequences for the child.
3. I made no such claim about a 'piece of paper'. Marriage is a cross cultural constraint on evolutionary mating behavior. It does not need a 'piece of paper'.
4. I did not base my one man/one woman on evolution. I based it on the cross cultural 'constraint' of marriage. That means marriage restricts the drive of evolutionary mating behavior primarily for the sake of the child.
Social scientist surmise that marriage would not exist if it were not for the desire of humans to maintain contact with their child and pursue that child's best interests.
5. Legal equality is not possible, since gay couples are a direct defective contradiction to evolution's primary goal. Literally 'unmarriage'!
However, legal rights for gay couples are available through other means without imposing an imposter relationship on marriage.
Welcome back VV.
However, given that many marriages do not involve procreation, offspring is not the center of all marriages. The number of childless adult women has been on the increase since the 1970s.(According to 2004 U.S. Census Bureau data, the proportion of childless women 15 to 44 years old was 44.6 percent, up from 35 percent in 1976.)
Even marriage is on the decline. In 1960, 72% of all adults ages 18 and older were married; today that figure has fallen to 51%.
It's so simple that even a fool like you should be able to understand that.
As you very well know, procreation is so legally detached from marriage that it isn't even listed on a marriage certificate.
And if marriage were truly about procreation, then why hasn’t the “cross cultural constraint on evolutionary mating behavior” phenomenon that you keep regurgitating led to across the board divorces once children have been raised or once couples are beyond the age (or medical ability) to procreate?
Look, as has been REPEATEDLY been pointed out to you, people get married for a variety of reasons. Child rearing is just one reason. Other reasons include love, money, lust, family pressure, personal pressure, etc. And that’s just in our culture. In other cultures people get married as a part of arrangements to wed entire families or tribes.
In this country we’re free to marry for whatever reason we wish. The government may say WHO we can marry, but it cannot dictate WHY we marry.
And if same-gender couples wish to marry, there is no legitimate legal reason to keep us from doing so.