Allowing gay people to participate under the same rules you apply to yourself does not take away any rights from you and therefore does not harm you and won't require any change in the rules and rights for straight people or their families. Gay people are already forming families. Denial of the same rights you have won't change that fact. It will only harm those families. Yet allowing us the same opportunities you have won't harm you. Your position results in needless suffering, while ours harms no one. Stop harming us.<quoted text>
The institution you speak of, and the laws themselves, are based on the relationship of husband and wife. By removing one, the husband or wife, from the institution, it then is no longer the same institution, but something else. There is no marriage institution based on the relationship of two men, or two women.
Noooooo...water down the membership eligibility.
Uhhhhh...hellloooooo...gay and lesbian people are seeking different treatment...if they weren't they would marry like everybody else.
In the states and countries that recognize the legal marriages of same sex couples, the present and future marriages of straight people have not changed. All of the same laws that determine what marriage is, remain in full force and effect. The institution of marriage includes opposite sex couples and same sex couples.
Marriage is a fundamental right of the individual. The only eligibility requirement is being human. Reasonable restrictions include age, ability to demonstrate informed consent, and not being closely related or currently married. Gay people qualify.
Gay people are asking to be treated equally under the laws in the remaining states and federal government that does not yet recognize their marriages.
Your desire to discriminate on the bases of gender provides no legitimate governmental interest sufficient for denial of this fundamental right.