True, but that's the reason why it exists in the first place, and the compelling state interest in it. If that is not a compelling state interest, it does not matter who marries who.No you are confusing it
Marriage is not only about having children,
I have not mentioned religion.if it is in your religion, fine, but no one else has to conform to your religion.
True, it applies to all men and women equally, regardless of religious belief, or lack of a religious belief.We are talking about law here, law that applies to everyone, not just people that believe in this god or that god or one book or another.
That is correct, however the law, at least in 32 plus states, requires that people seeking the license be of the opposite sex. The law takes into account, although it is not a requirement, husband and wife will have sexual relations, and the marriage will be consumated. The law also presumes the husband to be the father of any children born within the martial relationship.The law does not, and never has made the intent or ability to have children a pre-requisite for getting a marriage license.
Those who cannot, or choose not, to have children do not degrade thier own, nor the marriages of any other husband and wife. Quite the contrary, such marriages reinforce the conjugal nature of the martial relationship, and what that nature produces, children. Even those husbands and wives who choose not to, nor cannot, have children are still they themselves, the products of a male female union.You want to put that on a ballot, go ahead, it will fail, but it will put in the spotlight people that have your opinion and the way you want to degrade every marriage where someone could not or chose not to have children.
Even you Big D have a mother and father, as does every human on this planet. Marriage is society's means of connecting men, women, and their children. Its not a self esteem program for adults.