At it's most basic essence, marriage is a cross cultural constraint on evolutionary mating behavior.
The only prevailing interest a government has in marriage is to protect and support the sole safe birthplace of society's members.
The government has no prevailing interest in selectively supporting friendships.
First, your response has NOTHING to do with the basic essence of marriage. It is what it is, and ss couples not only don't qualify, they are a defective failure of the very core goal of evolution!<quoted text>
Then your government needs to IMMEDIATELY stop issuing marriage licenses to couples who are not willing to sign a BINDING contract that their marriage WILL RESULT in children.
If these couples cannot or will not produce children, then the government should have the ability to annul such marriages--maybe even filing criminal charges against such couples break such laws.
Stop sterile and elderly couples from marrying. Stop couples who have no interest in children from marrying.
Any other marriage, as you say, is simply supporting friendships.
Second, why in hell should the government do any such thing? There has been no problem with that aspect of marriage.
You apparently forgot your very own farmer analogy;
A farmer who produces.
A farmer who doesn't produce because of age, disability or choice.
VV who never produces claiming to be a farmer.
VV who buys farm produce and claims to be a farmer.
And sillier still?
VV demands to be called a farmer too because the government doesn't demand that farmers farm.
Oh, and the government still has no prevailing interest in selectively supporting friendships.