But the government DOES offer sanctioned marriage as a civil right to heterosexuals.<quoted text>
Your inference that everyone who votes for this hates gay people is a bit on the absurd side. The idea that a government sanctioned marriage is a civil right is equally absurd. Gay, straight or otherwise.
That is a fact.
So by not offering the same right to gays-- who have every legal and moral right to be in romantic relationships-- the government is discriminating.
It's not about "special rights". It never has been. It's about equal rights.
Which is why the pendulum on public opinion on this issue is swinging so quickly.
Public opinion mows shows a majority supports gay marriage, or at least civil unions.
Do you think that will magically reverse itself sometime?