The real question precludes those arguments, of course: Is homosexuality an inevitable part of our culture? I think a lot of conservatives would say "Probably". Not to say that it's genetic -- merely that it is a large enough subculture that it isn't going away.
Don't mean to start any arguments on that, just making sure people know my own misgivings on the issue.
Marriage has never stopped anyone who wanted lead a promiscuous lifestyle from doing so, and it never will. To assume that because gays would have access to government-sanctioned marriage some would not also be promiscuous is to fail to understand human nature.
This entirely manufactured issue of "gay marriage" is not about civil rights, nor about helping people avoid promiscuity. It is just another front in the Left's roughly 150-year-old assault on traditional social mores, and further their mission to increase the scope and reach of big government.
I think you're missing the point... Marriages in one state MUST be recognized by other states. The only way around this is either a blanket amendment to the U.S. Constitution, or for each state to define marriage as between a man and a woman. But with the latter option, the Supreme Court will just declare those laws unconstitional, hence the need to modify the constitution.
Canada permits same-sex marriages. Vermont permits civil unions. The New York Times prints "celebrations" of those unions each week, while media profiles of well-adjusted "life partners" are all the rage. If, despite all these mechanisms for commitment, homosexual men continue to be famous for their promiscuity, do you really think giving legal sanction to the additional term "spouse" will lead to fidelity?
If they need a piece of paper to keep their promised commitment to each other, is it worth the fight? 99.9% of gay couples in committed relationships don't last. Its the gay life style.
BTW, is Taxachussetts an alimony state? see how quickly gays don't get married when they start experiencing alimony payments. The tough part will be the judges job of selecting which one wore the pants in the relationship.
Is homosexuality an inevitable part of our culture? Perhaps, but so is rape, prostitution, theft, murder, drug abuse, corruption - by your standards, I guess we should accept these "failings" because they are an inevitable part of our culture. And the practitioners should be awarded tax advantages to encourage their (anti-) social behaviors. Nonesense!
With your way of thinking it will not be long before NAMBLA wins its case in the MA supreme court, clearly composed of addle minded nincompoops. After all, the NAMBLA's only have love for the kids! They will be able to marry the child (or animal) of their choice!
I wouldn't count on that. They are not really interested in marrying. They just want to be "in your face." So, once a state has adopted homosexual marriage, they are more likely to move out of that state so they can begin to influence other states!
They can do that right now in ANY state. All they have to do is go to a lawyer and have the proper papers drawn up for wills, joint ownership etc. They don't NEED the state to certify their relationship. They are determined to undermine the family basis of society and thousands of years of historical evidence that family solidarity makes liveable societies possible.