As I noted elsewhere, it's not like we went from homosexuality being illegal to gays marrying in one day.<quoted text>
I didn't see this post, before I responded to another post regarding a similar issue. Anyway, does your cousin ever wonder who is his bio parents are? Whether or not he has bio siblings? His bio parents background, ethnicity, etc.
Neither one of us, nor society at large know what the long term consequences are in legalizing SSM. It may take a generation plus, and nationwide legal SSM to fully understand the ramifications of it. We've seen the long term negative effects of "no-fault" divorce, and it ain't good. Some states have rethought this and have taken step to lower the divorce rate. NY was the last state I think to adopt no fault divorce, which is rather ironic considering adultery is still on the books as a criminal offense. So a wife no fault divorces her husband, who committed adultery but, technically can have him prosecuted for adultery. Strange. Anyway, before we redefine the fundamental understanding of marriage and codify that in law, we ought to think long and hard.
Somewhere in a previous post I think you had originally stated you would have accepted a "civil union" type legal structure, but due to opposition on that you changed your mind. Perhaps that's the solution.....but I'm sure there's enough opposition on both sides to see that won't happen.
Hellooooo Sheepie...marriage is an opposite sex union, at the very least, historically, all the laws, including case law, prior to 2004 mass, reflect that....so that statement doesn't really make alot of sense. Remember SSMers want to graft same sex marriage onto the existing legal marriage framework of the relationship of husband and wife, not the otherway around. Not everything will apply equally, nor is the foundation the same.
Not being able to predict the future is no reason to continue discriminating against same-sex families.
Yes, it's to late now for a civil unions compromise; about 20 years too late.